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Antique Derbend rug, published at Luciano Coen & Louise Duncan's "The Oriental Rug", plate no: 36

19th century, 4'7" x 3'3" [m 1.38 X 0.98]

Warp: wool
Weft: wool, two shoots after each row of knots
Knotting: Ghiordes, wool, 135 knots per square inch [2150 per dm.2]

Like the rug in Plate 34, this is a characteristic Daghestan. Although the ground is darker and it is not a prayer rug, the design is essentially the same. The characteristic white background filled with a variety of multicolored flowers could be seen as a design on the diagonal, following the warp threads. The borders are a crenellated edge, flowers in a row, and the vestigial dragon, but in this example they play a more prominent part than in Plate 34.