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Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan

Sorting, Washing, Carding, Spinning

"The advantages of handspun yarn to machine spun yarn"

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Shirvan Medallion rug

Code: SHMD29

Size (metric): 91x163cm
Size (ft): 3'0"x5'4"
Area: 1.48 m2
Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~250 000 knots
Weaving period: three months

madder red, variegated sky blue, dark woad blue (midnight), aqua green, Persian blue, soft yellow, old purple/mauve, natural ivory, natural dark brown.
: 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, natural ivory wool warps and ivory wefts (two shots)

Weaver: Fatima
Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: Sky blue and madder red and golden yellow hexagon medallions are outlined in white against an indigo blue field holding pairs of ivory grape leaves, botehs, stars, hooked devices, small plant and animal  forms; in an ivory polychrome crab-rosette border between "S" motif minor borders. As most examples of this group the rug also include serrated lozenges (flames) above and below the main hexagons.

Signed with the Afshar tamga

The serrated/saw-edged medallions (flame, gubba, gubpa) have been related by some authors to ancient Egyptian and Persian Royal insignia.

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Grape Leaf







"S" motif is symbolizing a dragon - the masculine or heavenly principle of life.
In the ancient Turkic mythology, he is the guard of treasures and secret objects as well as the tree of life.


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.