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Shirvan 'Akstafa' Salyan rug


Size (metric): 134x182cm

Size (ft): 4'4"x5'11"

Area: 2.43 m2

Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~ over 415 000 knots

Weaving period: four months

midnight blue, ivory, dark brown, red, yellow, maroon, aqua blue, aqua green , forest green, hazelnut, medium brown, old purple.

: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), cochineal, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool

: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wool wefts (two shots) - wool on wool

five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height:
0.5 cm

Inscriptions: the tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

Weaver: Sevda, Khadija

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

This archaic rich drawing shows peacocks or mythical simurgh birds (ancient Iranian benevolent, mythical flying creature), camels, deers, houses, different human being and animal figures, various bird motives, tribal elements, tamgas, flower heads, tree of life etc around two central octagonal medallions.



Simurgh (ancient Iranian benevolent, mythical flying creature) depicted in Zakarīyā al-Qazwīnī's "Ajā’ib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharā’ib al-mawjūdāt" (Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing) book, XIII (13th) century. From a 17th century copy



Two simurgh birds depicted on the portal of Nadir Divan-Begi madrasah (part of Lab-i Hauz complex), XVII century. Bukhara, Uzbekistan



Simurgh or peacock motif





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