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"Talish" (Mughan) rug with "rosette and dice" border

Size (metric): 107x158cm
Size (ft): 3'6"x5'2"
Area: 1.69 m2
Density: 155 000 knots per square meter, totally ~ 260 000 knots
Pile height: 0.3 cm
End finish: knotted bundles
Weaving period: 2 and half months

Colors: madder red, dark medium blue, Persian blue, midnight blue, yellow, variegated green, ivory, dark brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), woad, indigo, pomegranate skins, 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 two shots of ivory wool wefts

Weavers: Zarifa
Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: Rugs of this composition, are among the most powerful and impressive examples of Azerbaijan village weaving. One of the symbolic interpretations of rug design put forward by Pr. Schuler Cammann and others seems to have a particularly forceful relevance to rugs of this type, the field itself resembling heaven, with the medachyl frame acting as a protective barrier between this world and the next. A star shaped ornament made up by centrally overlapping x- and cross-shaped patterns is used in the centre of the main field. The ornament is borrowed from the field motif of the oldest known knotted carpet - Pazyryk, which preserved in a Scythian tomb (kurgan) from the 4th -3th century B.C.

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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.