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Shirvan Pictorial Prayer
 rug, "Hunters"
Size (metric):133x147cm
Size (ft): 4'4"x4'9"
Area: 1.95 m2
Density: 165 000 knots per square meter, totally ~320 000 knots
Weaving period: three months

Colors (13):
red, cerulean blue, midnight blue, medium blue, light yellow, dark goldenrod, green, maroon, ivory, dark brown.

: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool (undyed), natural ivory sheep wool (undyed), onion skins
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and wool wefts
Handwoven in Azerbaijan, signed and dated ("Shirvan", "Ovchular" & and 1438)
Weaver's name:

The main focus of this striking rug is the three figures of elaborately attired warriors astride large horses, which are equally elegantly decorated. The rug also features a profusion of animals, deer and a few birds both above and below the prayer arch. There is only one antique Marasali prayer rug with this design, no known analogies in rug literature except for a vaguely related example with a large horse and rider as a centrepiece. Particular attention should be paid to details such as the riders' costumes and saddle covers. signed "AH 1438 (2017)" and "Ovchular" (Hunters)


A mounted hunter or a warrior


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Flaming buta/boteh mitf

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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.