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Shirvan Marasali Prayer rug with the flaming boteh motifs


Size: 105x167cm

Size (ft): 3'5"x5'5"

Area: 1.75 m2

Density: 160 000 knots per square meter, totally ~280 000 knots

Colors: madder red, dark blue, medium blue, gold yellow, green, aubergine, ivory, dark brown, light brown, gold brown.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, onion skins, 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: thin plaited fringes

Design: The shaded indigo field with diagonal rows of a variety of coloured boteh, scaterred various animal and tribal elements, the stepped keel-arch with stars, the spandrels with minor motifs flanking animals, in an ivory border of meandering boteh vine between red ground star and indigo ground stepped motif minor borders

Inscriptions: 1438 (=2017 weaving date), "Shirvan"

Weaver: Ayten

Weaving Period:  three months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan


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a man with a horse







tribal element

tribal elements



Boteh - the symbol of flaming fire


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