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Kuba Karagashli rug


Size: 148x220cm

Size (ft): 4'10"x7'2"

Area: 3.25 m2

Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~550 000 knots

Colors: madder red, mauve/old purple, dark blue, gold yellow, medium blue, variegated green, aubergine, ivory, dark brown, light brown, gold 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 (natural ivory and brown twist) and ivory wool wefts (two shots). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.5mm

Ends: three rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Design: The design is based on the famous Karagashli rug sold at Sotheby's (New York) in 2004 for $60 000 - that example is the best of its type on the basis of colour and drawing. The floral design elements are derived from 18th-century blossom carpets of the eastern Caucasus, which descended from earlier Iranian Azerbaijani carpets.

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

Weaver: Ayten

Weaving Period: four months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

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.