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Based on the design of the XVII century 'Vakiflar Museum Star Ushak' rug


Size: 130x194cm (204cm including the kilim ends)

Size (ft): 4'3"x6'4" (6'8" including the kilim ends)

Area: 2.52 m2

Density: 106 000 knots per square meter, totally ~270 000 knots

Colors: madder red, yellow, medium green, light aqua green, midnight blue, medium blue, ivory, dark brown.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, onion skins (wefts), natural dark brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and light red wool wefts (two shots, dyed with madder and onion skins). 5-6 cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.4cm

Ends: chained fringes

Inscriptions: "Sultan Ahmed Khan Awwal" (in commemoration of the 14th Ottoman Sultan, Ahmed I (1603-1617))

Weaver: Azada

Weaving Period: Four months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design:  Woven in the Ushak region of western Turkey, "Star Ushak" carpets were made for regional consumption and for export throughout Europe in the XV-XVII centuries. Their association in European paintings with royalty and sanctity underscores the status these carpets enjoyed as luxury trade goods.

A Star Ushak carpet is depicted under the throne of the Venetian doge in a painting by Paris Bordone dating to 1534. "Return of the Doge's Ring"

Henry VIII standing on a Star Ushak carpet. c. 1567. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. by Hans Eworth - Flemish painter, (active 1540-1574 in England)


Contact us for more information about this rug




Contact us for more information about this rug


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.