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Azerbaijan 'Animal Combat' design carpet with silk highlights

Code: KRACX05J

Size (metric)
: 138x204cm

Size (ft): 4'6"x6'8"

Area: 2.81 m2

Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, ~480 000 knots

Weaving period: four months

Colors: red, yellow, ivory, sky blue, old purple, midnight blue, dark brown, maroon, light green, lawn green, aqua green

Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), woad/indigo, onion skins, cochineal, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool

Materials: all wool - handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wool wefts (two shots), handspun ivory wool (highlights)

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Weaver's name: Gulnara, Amina

Inscriptions: The word "Oghuz" in ancient Orkhon Yenisei alphabet, the tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: A dark blue medallion outlined in yellow, and from which lancet-like leaves spring, dominates the brilliant red ground. Near the four corners, can be seen vertical animal fights, similar to the horizontal animal representations found in Safavid carpets. There is a blue and red flower-and-tendril border on a yellow ground. There is a human face depicted in the middle of the central medallion, symbolizing an Oghuz tribal man (this detail is added by Vugar Dadashov and not existed in the original design).

The original XVIII century rug was first published by Ulrich Schurmann as plate 38 in his Bilderbuch fuer Teppichsammler in 1960 and again in 1974 as plate 93 in his ‘Caucasian Rugs’.

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.