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Reconstruction of the unique mid 19th century antique Bordjalou prayer rug from the Dominguez Collection

Size (metric): 124x147cm
Size (ft): 4'0"x4'9"
Area: 1.82 m2
Density: 110 000 knots per square meter, totally ~ 200 000 knots
Pile height: 0.5 cm
Ends: braided chain
Weaving period: 2 months

madder red, dark navy blue, gold yellow, light yellow, brown, variegated medium green, variegated soft green, ivory, dark brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), woad, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool
- all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and madder dyed red wefts

Weavers: Kübra
Handwoven in Azerbaijan, signed and dated (the tamga of Afshar tribe and 1436)

Design: The stark, 'minimalist' look of this extraordinary rug is extremely unusual. The rug's tremendous impact comes from its perfectly balanced design and pure, saturated colours. The green praying area, which stands on a bare red background, is strongly delineated and extremely simple in conception; Detlef Maltzahn likens it to a window which opens onto another world. The pronounced abrash of this 'window' helps create an illusion of three-dimensional depth. Anatolian inspiration is evident in the rug's design, as is its architectural relationship to a small group of prayer rugs. Variations in color tonality generally in the ground colour of the field, which result from the weaver's use of wool dyed in small batches with minor differences in color depth.

To see the antique Dominguez Borchaly rug, click here: www.azerbaijanrugs.com/guide/bordjalou/fachralo/dominguez_rb_borchalou_prayer_rug.htm

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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.