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Caucasian Shirvan Marasali Prayer carpet with peacock and flaming boteh motifs

Size (metric): 110x158cm
Size (ft): 3'7"x5'2"
Area: 1.73 m2
Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~300 000 knots

Colors: midnight blue, red, maroon, medium blue, yellow, green, ivory, dark brown, gold 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: 1438 (=2017 weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Weaver's name: Arzu

Weaving period: two and half months

Design: The indigo field is partly filled with flaming boteh motifs, a dominan feature of rugs from Marasali. The naturalistically drawn birds, both large and small that fill the rest of the field add a special charm to this finely knotted carpet



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.