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Borchaly (so called Bordjalou) rug with a tree of life motif


Size: 142x166cm

Size (ft): 4'7"x5'5"

Area: 2.35 m2

Density: 106 000 knots per square meter, totally ~250 000 knots

Colors: soft red, dark red, mauve/old purple, navy blue, gold yellow, green, maroon, ivory, dark brown, light brown.

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

Materials: 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: 0.5cm

Ends: Plaited fringes

Design: The soft madder red field with a large "Tree of Life" motif in the field. 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.

The main border carries the so called "calyx and leaf" motif.

So called "Leaf and calyx" border on a Turkish rug
Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen "Mary Magdalene", 1519

Between the stepped motives of the main border, the tamgas of the 24 Oghuz tribes (who played an important role in the ethnogenesis of the people of Azerbaijan) are placed.

The tamgas of 24 Oghuz tribes

Inscriptions: 1438 (=2017 weaving date), tamgas of 24 Oghuz tribes, including the tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe in the central field

Weaver: Sona

Weaving Period: Three and half months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Contact us for more information about this rug







Contact us for more information about this rug


For more information about the above rug or to place an order please email vd@azerbaijanrugs.com (Baku, Azerbaijan) or ra@azerbaijanrugs.com  (San Francisco Bay Area). We will get back to you within 24 hours or less.