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A family in their traditional dress

Khol-Garabujag 'Akstafa' Salyan rug / 19 əsr ortalarına aid olan Salyan Qarabucaq xalçası əsasında toxunmuşdur.


Size (metric): 155x270cm
Size (ft): 5'1"x8'10"
Area: 4.1 m2
Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~700 000 knots
Weaving period: four months

Colors (16):
madder red, midnight blue, Persian blue, cerulean blue, light yellow, gold yellow, walnut (light), sage green, obergine, forest green, goldenrod, beige, olive green, variegated medium 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
- all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps (natural ivory and brown twist) and ivory wefts (two shots)

Weavers: woven by 3 sisters in a village in Azerbaijan (signed and dated)

Design: Inspired by a rare 1870s antique Salyan Akstafa rug design.
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Peacocks, camels, small houses with cross; swastika motifs; 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, fertility motif, birds, colorful rams horn border etc.

Peacock motif

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A picture showing the weaver working on the loom (this is another "Akstafa" Salyan rug woven in 2014)

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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.