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Shirvan "Akstafa" peacock rug


Size: 129x183cm

Size (ft): 4'2"x6'0"

Area: 2.36 m2

Density: totally ~400 000 knots

Colors: midnight blue, medium blue, red, mauve/old purple, yellow, green, ivory, maroon, aubergine, 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 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: chained fringes

Design: The dark indigo blue field with scattered geometric motifs and angular flowerheads with various animal, bird and human figures surrounding a central column of angular and stepped polychrome medallions, in an ivory border of polychrome so called "calyx & leaf" motifs between madder-red and shaded blue S-motif and narrow dice-pattern outer stripes. The series of paired birds in the present rug have more realistic features as their fan-tails are shorter and they have well defined legs. This archaic drawing can be seen only on earlier examples.

Inscriptions: 1439 (=2018 weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe, "Gubad Sultan" (prominent ruler and statestman of the Salyan Khanate of the 18th century. Salyan is a region in Azerbaijan where this type of rugs were produced mostly),

Weaver: Halima

Weaving Period: Three 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.