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Chehel Sutun Prayer rug with silk highlights, based on the design of a XV century "Para-Mamluk" rug kept in the Tehran Carpet Museum


Size: 144x187cm

Size (ft): 4'9"x6'1"

Area: 2.7 m2

Density: 165 000 knots per square meter, totally ~450 000 knots

Colors: red, ivory, medium blue, royal blue, green, light green, maroon, old purple, yellow, dark brown.

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

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, handcarded and handspun Karabagh silk for highlights, 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: 0.5 cm

Ends: thin braided fringes

Inscriptions: weaving date (1444), a tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

Weaver: Gulnara, Leyla

Weaving Period: 4 months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: Octagonal medallion containing an eternal knot motif, is surrounded by the cypress tress and floral sprigs. An octagonal star between two minbars (the pulpit from which the sermon (khutbah) is delivered) in the field is topped by a lamp cup.

The text in the spandrels is read as:

"Ajilu bi's-salatah gabla'l fawt
Wa ajilu bi't-tawbatah gabla'l mawt"


"Hurry to make tawba (repentance) before death,
Hurry to make salah (prayer) before fawt (missing it)"

The monumental kufic-script border is the characteristic of Seljuq and Para-Mamluk rugs.

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