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Shirvan Pictorial Prayer rug, "Hunters"

Code: SHRHT3003

Size: 136x147cm

Size (ft): 4'5"x4'9"

Area: 1.99 m2

Density: 167 000 knots per square meter, totally ~330 000 knots

Colors: navy blue, red, yellow, sky blue, green, maroon, ivory, dark brown, purple.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), cochineal, onion skins, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, 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: 0.7 cm

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Inscriptions: weaving date, tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe, the word "Ovchular" (Hunters) in ancient Orkhon-Yenisei runic scripts, the word "Baku" in Kufic calligraphic style.

Weaver: Raima

Weaving Period: 4 months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: 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.

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