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Ivory Shirvan Kabistan rug
Size (metric)
: 122x184cm
Size (ft): 4'0"x6'0"
Area: 2.24 m2
Density: 155 000 knots per square meter, totally ~350 000 knots
Weaving period: 3 months

Colors: ivory, red, yellow, cinnamon, royal blue, medium blue, brown, dark brown, green, aubergine
Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool, onion skins.
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps and two shots of ivory wool wefts

Weaver: Naima

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Inscriptions: weaving date, the word "Shirvan"

The ivory field with a serrated lozenge lattice enclosing stylised floral sprays and flowerheads, in a light madder red border of polychrome angular S-motifs between floral head stripes. The weaver-artist filled the classic latticework pattern with heart shaped blossoms and flower head motifs. "S" motif main border flanked by flower head minor borders. A svastika and a diamond symbol are placed between the flowerheads.

A Turkish rug with a similar "S" motif border depicted in Antonello de Messina's paiting. 1476. Gemäldegalerie, Dresden


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For more information about the above rug or to place an order please email vd@azerbaijanrugs.com (Baku, Azerbaijan)