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Kilseli (so called Sewan) Medallion
 

Bordjalou Qizil-Kilise rug (so called Sewan Kazak)

CODE: KZSW12

Size (metric): 200x245cm
Size (ft): 6'6"x8'0"
Area: 4.9 m2
Density: 106 000 knots per square meter, totally ~520 000 knots
Weaving period: 4 months

Colors: madder red, green (four different shades), dark medium blue, gold yellow, maroon, 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
- 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
Weavers name: Fatima, Amina & Yasemen

Design:
The madder red field scattered with various human being and animal figures,rams horn motifs and tribal symbols around a large mottled grass-green medallion centred by a small red medallion, in a dark medium blue ground rams horn & fertility motif main border between reciprocal skittle-pattern stripes

The so called "Sewan" Kazaks are known to have been made by local Turkic tribes in the region between the borders of today's Georgia and Armenia (Mountainous Borchali or Nothern Lori). These Kazaks are distinguished basically by the unique shape of the medallion, which appears in all "Sewan" Kazaks with a very similar shape. Some refer to these as “Shield” Kazak because of the shape of the medallion. The medallion is also claimed to be representing a warrior in a thick felt cloak, and a big shaggy papaq (cap) that made of sheep wool, holding a shield. Karapapakh tribe, descended from Kipchak - a medieval Turkic tribal confederation - wove most of the known antique "Sewan" rugs. Kipchaks are known as the makers of stone stelaes (balbal). These figures were made for different purposes by all the ancient Turkic nations, to immortalize their ancestors, to honor the heros or kings, or to memorize a deceased person.The same tradition is believed be continued by Karapapakhs by applying the motif to their carpets. See images


"Rams Horn" motif

 


fertility symbol

 

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Another type of "Sewan" rug vs. an Albanian stone balbal found in Boyahmadli village, Agdam District, Azerbaijan
 



Balbal stone stelaes made by ancient Turks


Balbals made by Gökturks
 

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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.