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Shirvan Medallion and Gubba rug

Code: SHMD78

Size: 207x298cm

Size (ft): 6'9"x9'9"

Area: 6.16 m2

Density: totally ~1 million knots

Colors: midnight blue, ivory, yellow, red, cerulean blue, lawn green, dark brown, ivory, purple.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, cochineal, 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: 0.5cm

Ends: thin plaited fringes tied with colorful yarns

Inscriptions: 1439 (weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe, the word "Baku"

Weaver: Rana, Layla and Zahra

Weaving Period: Four months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: The dark indigo field scattered with various polychrome floral and geometric minor motifs and animal, human being figures around the central stepped medallion, in an ivory ground polychrome 'birds on a tree' main border, inner 'stars' and Z shaped small dragon motif minor borders

The serrated/saw-edged medallions (flame, gubba, gubpa) have been related by some authors to ancient Egyptian and Persian Royal insignia.

birds on a tree border

A large family

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violet purple dyed with cochineal





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