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Quba Ağgül Gollu Çiçi xalçası /  Kuba Gollu Chichi rug

Size (metric): 105x168cm
Size (ft): 3'5"x5'6"
Area: 1.76 m2
Density: 160 000 knots per square meter, totally ~280 000 knots
Weaving period: two and half months

Colors (10): madder red, medium blue, dark medium blue, variegated light lawn green, midnight blue, soft yellow, maroon, forest green, natural ivory, natural brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, 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, wool warps (natural ivory and brown twist) and cotton wefts

Handwoven in Azerbaijan, dated 1436 (2015)
Weaver's name: Khayalah

The ivory field with three radiating angular floral medallions surrounded by small floral and hooked motifs. The red ground ivory kufic border (called Shami in Azerbaijan) is in-between the "running water" and flowerhead minor borders, outer reciprocal skittle-pattern (arrow head motif "mollabashi") and barber-pole stripes

A carpet with a pseudo-kufic border is depicted in this 15th century manuscript of Aq-qoyunlu (White Sheep Turkomans) ruler Yaqub Bey

A rug with the Kufic motif  border depicted in "Virgin and Child", by Michel Sittow, c. 1515. Staatliche Museen, Berlin

an illusturation showing the connection of the so called "apple-flower" motif of the Gollu Chichi to the small pattern "Holbein" medallion in this XV century Turkish rug from the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar


Contact us for more information about this rug







 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.