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Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan

Sorting, Washing, Carding, Spinning

"The advantages of handspun yarn to machine spun yarn"

Rediscovery of Ancient Natural Dyes
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Freiberger Shirvan Marasali Prayer rug with flaming boteh motif

Size (metric): 103x151cm
Size (ft): 3'4"x4'11"
Area: 1.55 m2
Density: 180 000 knots per square meter, totally ~280 000 knots

Colors: midnight blue, red, maroon, mauve/old purple, medium blue, yellow, green, ivory, dark brown, light brown.

Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, onion skins, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wool wefts (two shots)

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Inscriptions: tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Weaver's name: Shahla

Weaving period: two and half months

Design: The indigo field with diagonal rows of polychrome serrated boteh, the indigo mihrab arch above with an red keel arch of angular vine scattered with minor animal  and tribal motifs around rows of polychrome boteh, inner reciprocal skittle-pattern stripe, in an ivory border of angular stylised floral vine between indigo flowerhead angular vine stripes



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.