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Borçalı Qarmaqlı gəvəsi (Borchaly/Bordjalou Hooked motif rug)

Size (metric): 170x240cm
Size (ft): 5'6"x7'10"
Area: 4.08 m2
Density: 112 000 knots per square meter, totally ~450 000 knots
Weaving period: 4 months
Colors: madder red, light blue, midnight blue, navy blue, yellow, green, natural ivory, natural brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), dyer's woad, 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, ivory wool warps and madder dyed red wefts
Handwoven in Azerbaijan

The shaded madder red field with scattered stylised flowerheads, stars, various tribal elements around four hooked central losenges, in a "tree of life" motif main border between polychrome flower and arrow head minor borders, outer green ground diamond stripe.

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hooked motif - dragon and phoenix relation
It is believed that the hooked motif is the variation of the "Dragon & Phoenix" motif used in early Turkish rugs. The motif is sometimes interpreted to depict the harmony and union between  man and woman



Bordjalou rug on the loom












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.