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Reconstruction of a rare early 19th century Lori Pambak rug (sold at Rippon Boswell & Co. International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles, 18 November 1995)

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Size (metric):
Size (ft):

Area: 3.84m2
Density: 110 000 knots per square meter, totally ~ 420 000 knots
Weaving period: 4 months

red, medium blue, yellow, green, old purple/mauve, navy blue, midnight blue, maroon, ivory, natural dark brown

Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), woad, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, onion skins, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool
- all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and light red wefts

Pile height: 0.7cm
Ends: plaited ends, braided fringes

Weavers name:
Arzu, Leyla, Maryam

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

The shaded madder red field with a large central medallion flanked by various tribal ornaments, animal and human being figures on each side, in an ivory ground polychrome leaf pattern main border.

Inscriptions: 1438 (=2017 weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

The central medallion contains two inscriptions of the ancient Turkic words:

"Koyash" - which is the Sun and "Umay" is a female spirit that that protects babies in Turkic mythology. Umay is also a bringer of luck, abundance, and fertility.

The distinctive quatrefoil medallion is believed to be derived from an early Central Asian totemic symbol representing pairs of animals / birds, which can also be found in early Turkish rugs. The below picture shows a comparison of a part of the Lori Pambak medallion containing (4) opposed pairs of animals/birds and reciptocal bird motif used in the early Turkish rugs.

The early fifteenth century Turkish rug with conventionalised animal-forms, National Historical Museum, Stockholm. For a full sized image of this rug, see here

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For more information about the above rug or to place an order please email (Baku, Azerbaijan) or  (San Francisco Bay Area). We will get back to you within 24 hours or less.