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Karabagh Malibeyli rug with owl and cloudband motifs


Size: 140x199cm

Size (ft): 4'7"x6'6"

Area: 2.78 m2

Density: 105 000 knots per square meter, totally ~300 000 knots

Colors: madder red, aubergine, medium blue, yellow, royal blue, aqua green, medium green (variegated), ivory, dark brown.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, onion skins, 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). 3cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.6 cm

Ends: triangular plaited fringes.

Inscriptions: 1441 (weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

Weaver: Könül

Weaving Period: Three months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: One of the most popular 'Karabagh' rugs from Azerbaijan is the 'cloud-band' or 'snake' rug. The large "S" shapes pair in opposing colours in the central medallion or 'gül and are reminiscent of similar ornaments on Ersari Turkoman carpets; note that the forms are echoed in the 'swastika' at the centre of the rug. The medallion dominates the design of this small rug of its type and, at the ends, the palmettos are flanked by hypertrophied animal forms, interesting versions of an ancient Turkic rug design used in almost infinite variations throughout the centuries.

The white-ground border, with its linked star-rosettes, is also typical of the group which, by virtue of its powerful design and strong, bright yet warm colours, ranks among the most desirable Caucasian rugs.

An "owl" motif

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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.