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Shirvan rug
"Two Pomegranate Trees"
Size (metric): 146x156cm
Size (ft): 4'9"x5'1"
Area: 2.27 m2
Pile height: 0.5 cm
Density: 160 000 knots per square meter, totally ~365 000 knots
Ends: single knot
Weaving period: three months

Colors: madder red, yellow (2) (pomegranate rinds and weld), medium blue, navy blue, dark maroon, purple, green, ivory, dark brown.
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, dark tan wool warps and ivory wool wefts (two shots)
Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Weaver: Khayala

Inscriptions: 1443 (weaving date), tamgas (tribal seal) of Afshar and Karakoyunlu tribes, the word "Nar Aghajy" (meaning "pomegranate tree")

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

The design of this pomegranate carpet is based on a rare example from the Museum of Azerbaijan Carpets and Applied Art. Pomegranate has a special meaning in Azerbaijan culture, representing fertility and flowing with the energy of life. The ground color of the central field is dyed with pomegranate rinds and weld plant. The red main border shows a so called 'calyx and leaf' border.


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so called "glass and leaf" (or calyx and leaf) border


a rug with the calyx and leaf border can seen in "Jesus in the House of Marta" (c. 1535), by Vasco Fernandes (better known as Grão Vasco)

Veneto-Lombard School
Portrait of a Young Nobleman, circa 1545 shows a Caucasian rug with the so called "calyx and leaf"  border

King Henry VIII, 1537-1557?
Unknown, after Holbein.
Petworth House.

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