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Karabagh rug with two "turtle"/horns/lotus medallions ("Lenkoran")


Size (metric): 109x146cm
Size (ft): 3'6"x4'9"
Area: 1.59 m2
Density: 125 000 knots per square meter, totally ~200 000 knots
Weaving period: two months

Colors: madder red, midnight blue, sky blue, dark forest green, yellow, obergine, natural ivory, natural brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, dyer's woad, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool
- all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps (natural ivory and brown twist) and ivory wool wefts (two shots)

Weavers' name: Mahera
Handwoven in Azerbaijan

 Two strong horned medallions and dynamic diagonals of this "Lenkoran" rug ultimately derive from the early Azerbaijan Dragon carpets that were woven from the late 16th to the 18th century. This rug has particularly an archaic form of the design. The main border carries red/blue trefoil motif. Of the group, related antique examples can be seen in Martin Volkmann, Alte Orientteppiche, Munich 1985, pl.68, pp.168-169. Other related examples are illustrated in Eberhart Herrmann, Seltene Orientteppiche X, Munich 1988, pp. 74-75; Ulrich Schürmann, Caucasian Rugs, Cologne 1964, pl.57, pp.174-75 and James D. Burns, The Caucasus, Traditions in Weaving, Seattle 1987, p.13.

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.