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Caucasian Baku Zili / Sileh Flatweave
Code: BKZ02
Size: 155x226cm
Size (ft)
: 5'1"x7'5"
Area: 3.50 m2
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, spurge / euphorbia, indigo, pomegranate skins
Materials: pure wool
Weaving method:
Wefts (horizontal yarns) are wrapped around the warps (vertical strands of wool; fringe is a part of it).

Design: Comprising concentric bands of square panels, the madder field with four red square panels containing stylised bird and geometric motifs in a blue zigzag frame, in a royal blue panelled border containing similar motifs, the broad red panelled outer stripe with similar stylised birds (peacock) and animals on either side and a skirt at each end with geometric motifs, all divided by narrow ivory crab-rosette stripes

The rug displays all of the quintessential elements of a Baku Verneh or Zili rugs. It maintains the endearing stylized birds, camels and flowers that have made these pieces favorites among collectors. Great interest was placed in textiles of this type as the tribal people of the Azerbaijan would use these pieces to adorn their camels, horses and homes both for ceremonial and practical purposes.

For a similar example please see, Herrmann, E.: Von Uschak Bis Yarkand: Seltene Orientteppiche Aus Vier Jahrhunderten , Vol.III, Munich, 1979, No.30 (Süd-Kaukasus).

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.