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Freiberger Shirvan Marasali Prayer rug with flaming boteh motif / Alovlu buta motivli Mərəzə namazlıq xalçası

Size (metric): 106x153cm
Size (ft): 3'5"x5'0"
Area: 1.62 m2
Density: 180 000 knots per square meter, totally ~300 000 knots
Weaving period: three months

Colors: madder red, mauve/old purple, dark medium blue, light yelow, gold yellow, cerulean blue, variegated green, light yellow, midnight blue (woad), natural ivory, natural brown.

Dyes: 100% natural 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, ivory wool warps (natural ivory and brown twist) and ivory wool wefts (two shots)

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Handwoven in Azerbaijan
Weaver's name: Shahla

Design: The indigo field with diagonal rows of polychrome serrated boteh, the indigo mihrab arch above with an red keel arch of angular vine scattered with minor animal  and tribal motifs around rows of polychrome boteh, inner reciprocal skittle-pattern stripe, in an ivory border of angular stylised floral vine between indigo flowerhead angular vine stripes


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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.