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Borchaly (so called Bordjalou) rug with a tree of life motif in a madder red ground


Size: 141x153cm

Size (ft): 4'7"x5'0"

Area: 2.15 m2

Density: 110 000 knots per square meter, totally ~230 000 knots

Colors: red, royal blue, yellow, green, lawn green, maroon, dark brown, ivory.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), onion skins, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural dark brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool.

 Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and light red wool wefts (two shots, dyed with onion skins and madder powder). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.6cm

s: triangular plaited fringes.

Inscriptions: 1439 (weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

the word "Kut" (means good luck, happiness, fortune) in ancient Orhon Yenisey scripts

tamgas (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe


Weaver: Khayala, Sevda

Weaving Period: Three months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

 The warm red field scattered with tribal motifs, Memling Guls, rams horns, stars, birds, domestic animals and utensils, various inscriptions in ancient Runic alphabet around a central column of green and ivory angular "tree of life" formations, in a variegated green cross shaped motif border between meander stripes.

The tree occupied a semantically important position both in the world-outlook and in the ritual of Turks. In the epics of Turkic peoples the tree was the center of life which functioned as an orientation point in time and space: many epic themes concentrate around the tree, principal events and decisive encounters of epic heroes take place there.

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