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Shirvan Bijo ("Bidjov") carpet in a dark blue ground

Code: SHRBJ04M

Size: 210x271cm

Size (ft): 6'10"x8'10"

Area: 5.69 m2

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

Colors: dark blue, red, ivory, olive, hazelnut, yellow, light brown, medium brown, dark brown, aqua green, cerulean blue, burgundy, beige, old purple.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), cochineal, 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: 0.6cm

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Inscriptions: weaving date 1441 (=2020)

the word "Oghuz" in the ancient Orkhon-Yenisey Runic Alphabet

Weaving Period: Four months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design (by Vugar Dadashov):  Blue ground covered by a row of multi-colored Bidjov style radiating lozenges. Two fork-like vines surrond each lozenge. Two rows of smaller "eternal knot" rosettes are arranged on the top and bottom of the central field. Along the vertical central axis the following motifs are placed (from bottom to top): a carpet loom, a hooked motif with 6 horns represending a rams horn, a stylized kufic motif with small crescent like motifs, reciprocal birds facing to each other, comb, Tree of Life, double headed eagle motif of Seljuks (XII century) with two archaic style swastikas, a Shirvan style blossoming flower, an eight pointed star, a hooked tamga, Seljuk style octagonal star & a weaver figure.

double headed eagle motif of Seljuks (XII century)

A samovar motif (a metal urn, often of brass, with a spigot near its base, widely used in Russian Empire to boil water for tea),

water ewer

Boteh with a pitcher


"Kosa" - a carnival character known to the medieval folklore of spring holiday standing next a samani (green sprouting wheat - a sacred Novruz ceremony as the herald of spring. Sprouting samani symbolises sowing and a rich harvest, it represents grain, bread, increase and abundance) and sham (candlestick)

A weaver with her loom and comb (a pitchet and a lamp at the background)

Tree of Life motif

Quadripartite Turkoman Göl

The ivory main border consists of a so called 'calyx and leaf' border.

King Henry VIII, (1537-1557) standing on a rug with a "calyx and leaf" main border.
Unknown, after Holbein. Petworth House.

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