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Shirvan rug
"Two Pomegranate Trees"
Size (metric): 139x150cm
Size (ft): 4'6"x4'11"
Area: 2.08 m2
Pile height: 0.6 cm
Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~350 000 knots
Ends: single knotted fringes
Weaving period: three months

Colors: ivory, red, maroon, dark brown, apricot, navy blue, sky blue, light green, aqua green, yellow, cinnamon.
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: Gulya, Amina

Inscriptions: tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe, the word "Nar" (meaning "pomegranate") with ancient Runic scripts

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 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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