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Shirvan Kabistan rug/  Şirvan Qabıstan xalçası

Size (metric)
: 127x175cm
Size (ft): 4'2"x5'8"
Area: 2.22 m2
Density: 160 000 knots per square meter, totally ~355 000 knots
Weaving period: 3 months

Colors: madder red, Persian blue, midnight blue, yellow, variegated light green, dark obergine, dark green, ivory, dark brown, light brown, orange brown
Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps (natural ivory and brown twist) and two shots of ivory wool wefts

Weaver: Arzu

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Inscriptions: dated 1438 (2017), Akhsitan (Shirvanshah king who moved the capital of Shirvan from Shamakhi to Baku in 1192). An ancient "ant" (three dots) and öz tamga (svastika) symbol is placed between the flower heads in the minor border.

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.

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) or ra@azerbaijanrugs.com  (San Francisco Bay Area). We will get back to you within 24 hours or less.