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A family in their traditional dress

Shirvan 'Akstafa' Salyan rug

Size (metric): 124x262cm
Size (ft): 4'0"x8'7"
Area: 3.24 m2
Density: ~190 000 knots per square meter, totally 650 000 knots
Weaving period: three months

Colors (13):
madder red, Persian blue, royal blue, light blue, gold yellow, maroon/antique ruby, variegated pine green, lawn green, cream, mustard, peach/light orange, 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 cotton wefts
Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: Inspired by a rare 1870s antique Salyan Akstafa rug design.
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Peacocks, camels, small houses with cross; swastika motifs; many various archaic elements; babies, women, men - all in their traditional dress,
a soldier or a king with his sword, combs, domestic animals, goats, deers, wheels, crosses, weaving combs, tree of life symbols, tarantula like strange animals, birds, colorful rams horn border etc.

Peacock motif

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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.