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Shirvan Arjiman rug


Size (metric): 205x309cm

Size (ft): 6'8"x10'1"

Area: 6.33 m2

Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~over 1 million knots

Weaving period: four months

madder red, midnight blue, variegated green, light green, Persian blue, yellow, old purple/mauve, maroon, ivory, dark brown, light brown.

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

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

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height:

Inscriptions: 1438 (=2017 weaving date), Baku, tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

Weavers: Rana, Layla and Zahra

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

The dark indigo field scattered with various polychrome floral and geometric minor motifs and animal, human being figures around the central stepped medallion, in an ivory ground polychrome 'birds on a tree' main border, inner 'stars' and Z shaped small dragon motif minor borders

The serrated/saw-edged medallions (flame, gubba, gubpa) have been related by some authors to ancient Egyptian and Persian Royal insignia.

birds on a tree border

A large family


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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.