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Karabagh rug with 'turtle' medallions (first half 19th century design)
Size: 125x219cm
Size (ft): 4'1"x7'2"
Area: 2.73 m2
Density: 165 000 knots per square meter, totally ~470 000 knots

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

Colors: madder red, lavender, aubergine, cerulean blue, yelow, green, yellow, midnight blue, ivory, dark brown.

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps (natural ivory and brown twist) and ivory wool wefts (two shots). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides.

five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

The palmettes in the field are the descendants of the great palmettes of early (XVI-XVIII c) Sunburst & Dragon rugs. Rugs with this design have mistakenly been attributed to Lenkoran. The original weaving area is the south of Karabagh and Moghan regions.

Sarijali, Javanshir, 1438, the tamga of Afshar tribe, Fatima (the name of the weaver's daughter)

Javanshir people (Javanshir Eli) were a Turkic clan in Karabakh, who belonged to the Afshar tribe and were in turn a branch of the Oghuz Turks. Between 1748 and 1822, members of the Javanshir clan functioned as the head of the Karabakh Khanate. Sarijali is a subgroup (oymaq) of Javanshir tribe. Other oymaqs of the Javanshir tribe were Yaglavend, Mafruzlu, Ibаdi, Sоfulu, Dedeli, Tаmetli, Gеjegözlü, Sеyidahmedli, Qаribend, Кöçerli, Behmenli, Demirli, Seyidmahmudlu, Sabir, Goymehemmed, Sheykhbabali, Molla Fazilli, Qaraburunlu. The rulers of the Karabagh Khanate were from the Sarijali oymak.


Handwoven in Azerbaijan

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The tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe



"Fatima" (the name of the weaver's daughter)

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