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Azerbaijan Afshan Harshang
rug (inspired by Metropolitan Museum Harshang rug from the McMullan
Size (ft): 7'0"x10'9"
Area: 7.04 m2
Density: 165 000 knots per square meter, totally ~1 150 000 knots
Colors: midnight blue, red, mauve/old purple, medium blue, yellow, lawn green, aqua green, light green, maroon, gold brown, 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 (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: 0.4cm
Ends: bundled knots
Inscriptions: 1438 (=2017 weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe
Weaver: Leyla, Gulnara, Nargiz
Weaving Period: 5 months
Handwoven in Azerbaijan
Design: The design is based on an alternating succession of two large lateral palmettes surrounded by small palmette blossoms, and a complex palmette arrangement composed of a central round floral medallion, four large palmette forms of two different designs facing this rosette, and four diamond-shaped cartouches, filled with rosettes, on the diagonal axis. A small-scale trellis system, as a secondary pattern, fills most of the background of the field.
The design displayed in this rug, derived from a 17th century model, proved popular both in Eastern Iran and Azerbaijan. It continues well into the 18th century and can still be found in Caucasian rugs of the 19th century.
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