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Ivory 'Akstafa' Salyan rug with silk highlights (mid 19th century design)

Size (metric): 152x187cm
Size (ft): 5'0"x6'1"
Area: 2.84 m2
Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~480 000 knots
Weaving period: four months

ivory, red, apricot, maroon, old purple, regal purple, cerulean blue, navy blue, aqua green, lawn green, olive, yellow, hazelnut, dark brown, medium brown, tan, ivory, cinnamon.

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

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

Weavers: Aynura, Feride

Inscriptions: 1441 (=2020 weaving date), 2 tamgas (tribal symbols) of Afshar tribe

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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Dyeing with cochineal


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