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Karabagh Develi Shadda Camel Caravan rug

Size (metric): 160x205cm
Size (ft): 5'3"x6'8"
Area: 3.28 m2
Density: 175 000 knots per square meter, totally ~ 575 000 knots
Pile height: 0.4 cm
End finish: knotted bundles
Weaving period: 3 months

Colors: madder red, Persian blue, sky blue, old purple/mauve, midnight blue, dark yellow, gold yellow, light yellow, beige, camel color, maroon, variegated green, pine green, ivory, dark brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), woad, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool - all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps (natural ivory sheep wool) and two shots of ivory wool wefts

Weavers: Zahra & Könül
Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: Three rows of camel caravan accompanied by one row of horsemen portrayed. Note the imaginative variety in the individual characteristics of each horse rider (smiling one, the one with mustache etc). The richly adorned trappings and presence of the domestic animals such as dogs and goats indicate that the procession is not actually a merchant’s caravan, but rather a nomadic tribe moving to their Yaylag (summer pastures). Each horseman holding a bird (perhaps a falcon) on his hand. A Sarvan or Caravanbashi - the caravan leader or cameleer is walking in front of the group, holding the ropes (örken) of the camels. The appearance of animals in vertical rows adds an intriguing three-dimensional quality to the composition.

Inscription: "Sarvan" in Kufic calligraphic writing, dated 1436

Nomadic tribes of Azerbaijan moving to their summer pastures / Yaylag

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