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Ivory Khol-Garabujag 'Akstafa' Salyan rug (mid 19th century design)

Size (metric): 126x263cm
Size (ft): 4'1"x8'7"
Area: 3.31 m2
Density: 165 000 knots per square meter, totally ~550 000 knots
Weaving period: four months

red, midnight blue, maroon, mauve/lavender, cerulean blue, light blue, royal blue, light green, dark green, yellow, camel, dark brown, light brown, medium brown, light orange (onion skins), brown, ivory, mustard.

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

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wefts (two shots)

Weavers: Arzu

Inscriptions: 1438 (weaving date), "Kol-Garabujag" (the name of the village)

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.5cm

Design: Inspired by a rare 1850s antique Salyan Akstafa rug design.
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Peacocks, camels, small houses with cross; swastika motifs; various archaic elements; babies, women, men - all in their traditional dress,
a soldier or a king with his sword, combs, domestic animals, goats, deers, wheels, crosses, weaving combs, tree of life symbols, fertility motif, birds, colorful rams horn border etc.

Peacock motif

A family in their traditional clothes

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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.