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A Lori Pambak Medallion rug

Size (metric): 143x172cm
Size (ft): 4'8"x5'7"
Area: 2.45 m2
Density: 106 000 knots per square meter, totally ~260 000 knots, 68 KPSI
Weaving period: three months
Colors: light madder red, Egyptian blue, midnight blue, light golden yellow, antique ruby, aqua green, natural ivory, natural brown.
Dyes: 100% natural 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, ivory wool warps and madder dyed red wefts
Selvedge: two bundles ot 2 warps wrapped in polychrome bands
Handwoven in Kazak Region, Azerbaijan

Lori-Pambak is the name of a historical region in the Western Transcaucasia. The indigenous population was mainly consisted of nomadic tribes, such as Borchalis, Karapapakhs, Kipchaks and Kazaks.  These tribes produced a group of colorful rugs, many of which have a distinctive quatrefoil medallion, as seen in our example. This medallion is derived from an early animal totemic symbol representing pairs of animals and birds.

The shaded madder red field with this large central medallion flanked by various polychrome tribal ornaments on each side, in an ivory main border of stylized "serrated leaves alternating with tulips (or candles)" motif between indigo blue polychrome diamond shaped minor borders and outer barber pole stripes

The weaving center of this type of rugs is Lambali village.


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view to Lambali Hills


The quatrefoil medallion  represents an archaic totemic symbol


Various tribal elements



stylized "serrated leaves alternating with tulips (or candles)" main border


Tribal symbol



An early totemic symbol


view to Lambali village


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.