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Shirvan "Akstafa" peacock rug

Code: SHRAKS186

Size: 130x194cm

Size (ft): 4'3"x6'4"

Area: 2.52 m2

Density: totally ~420 000 knots

Colors: midnight blue, red, medium blue, green, yellow, cinnamon, purple, olive, dark goldenrod, apricot, maroon, hazelnut, dark brown, ivory.

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, 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: 0.4cm

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Inscriptions: weaving date, the weaver's name in ancient Runic alphabet, the tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe.

Weaver: Malak

Weaving Period: Three months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

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.

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