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Kuba Shahnazarli rug in a red ground


Size: 122x218cm

Size (ft): 4'0"x7'1"

Area: 2.65 m2

Density: 165 000 knots per square meter, totally over ~440 000 knots

Colors: madder red, maroon, medium blue, gold yellow, dark green, light green, midnight blue, ivory, dark brown, light brown, goldenroad.

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

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

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.5cm

Ends: thin plaited fringes

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

Weaver: Habiba

Weaving Period: three months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

The madder red field scattered with various polychrome floral, animal and geometric minor motifs around the three stepped medallions, in a golden yellow ground polychrome birds-on-tree motif main border and outer star pattern minor borders (dark indigo ground)

The serrated/saw-edged medallions (flame, gubba, gubpa) have been related by some authors to ancient Egyptian and Persian Royal insignia.





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Grape Leaf

So called "Apple Flower" (Eternal Knot motif)

"Kochak" (rams horn) symbol


A Rug Comb or a boat

An ancient petroglyph in Gobustan Rocks: a pointed star on the boat

Cart wheel


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