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Shirvan Saph/Saf prayer rug / Şirvan Saf Namazlıq xalçası


Size (metric): 145x295cm
Size (ft): 4'9"x9'8"
Area: 4.27 m2
Density: 180 000 knots per square meter, totally ~770 000 knots
Weaving period: 5 months

Colors: madder red, light blue, Persian blue, midnight blue, green, yellow, purple, maroon, variegated light green, natural ivory, natural brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, dyer's woad, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wool wefts (two shots)

Handwoven in Azerbaijan
Weaver's name: Fatima, Rubaba, Sakina.

A similar antique piece can bee seen in the collection of Frank Michaelian's published as plate 30 (XXX), Prayer Rugs by Richard Ettinghausen (ed), The Textile Museum, Washington D.C., 1974.



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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.