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Shirvan Prayer rug with an ivory latticed field


Size: 112x155cm

Size (ft): 3'8"x5'1"

Area: 1.73 m2

Density: more than 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~290 000 knots

Colors: ivory, red, yellow, apricot, medium brown, dark brown, beige, old purple, light red, medium green, soft green, medium blue, midnight blue.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), onion skins, cochineal, 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: 0.4cm

Ends: thin plaited fringes

Inscriptions: weaving date

Weaver: Mahira

Weaving Period: Three months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: The latticed central field shows "stars". Between the stars, various acnient symbols are placed;

- symbol of immortal life
- symbol of cardinal microcosm (human spreading his arms and legs symbolizing universe)
- symbol of family and health
- swastica (ancient symbol interpreted with celestial connotations, representing the heavens with the center of the swastika as the north star with the twisting arms of the motif symbolizing the movement of the constellations around that focal point)

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Kufic numbers


fertility symbol


arrow heads

dragon symbol


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