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Khol-Garabujag 'Akstafa' Salyan rug (mid 19th century design)

Size (metric): 153x244cm
Size (ft): 5'0"x8'0"
Area: 3.73 m2
Density: 160 000 knots per square meter, totally ~600 000 knots
Weaving period: five months

madder red, midnight blue, mauve/lavender, medium blue, light blue, green, yellow, dark brown, light brown, ivory, mustard.

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

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

Weavers: Zari

Inscriptions: 1438 (=2017 weaving date), "Kol-Garabujag" (the name of the village)

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.5cm

Design: Inspired by a rare 1850s antique Salyan Akstafa rug design.
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Peacocks, camels, small houses with cross; swastika motifs; various archaic elements; babies, women, men - all in their traditional dress,
a soldier or a king with his sword, combs, domestic animals, goats, deers, wheels, crosses, weaving combs, tree of life symbols, fertility motif, birds, colorful rams horn border etc.

Peacock motif

A family in their traditional dress

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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.