Victoria and Albert Museum Karabagh Chelebi
rug. early to mid 19th century
Place of origin: Azerbaijan (made)
Date: 1800-1899 (made)
Techniques: Hand knotted woollen pile, on woollen warp and weft;
symmetrical knot; average of 55 knots per sq. in (average of 854 per
Museum number: T.264-1927
Gallery location: In store
Public access description
One of the wonderful
things about many Caucasian carpets is the inclusion of small birds and
animals among the formal elements of the
design. They often seem to
have been added as a whim. There are animals around the central star-like
motif and two small animals in the
upper right hand corner have no
heads because the weaver on that side had to begin the border before she
had time to complete them.
Carpet, hand knotted
woollen pile on woollen warp and weft, Caucasian, 19th century
white with some barber-pole white and brown wool; Z2S; 13 threads per inch
(51 per dm).
WEFT: light red wool; Z-spun, unplied; 2 shoots after each
row of knots, but there are areas with 4 shoots, usually worked as narrow
this may have been done to compensate for lose warp tension or
for variations in the thickness of the wool used for the pile; varies from
knots per inch (25-42 per dm).
PILE: wool; 8 colours: red,
yellow, dark green, green, dark blue, blue, dark brown, white; symmetrical
knot tied around 2 warp threads;
average 55 knots per sq. inch (average
854 per sq. dm).
SIDE FINISH: 1 cord oversewn with dark brown wool and
END FINISH: missing; the lower edge is uneven due to
faulty tnesion in the warp.
DESIGN: Field: red ground with large
'sunburst' in centre with one palmette above and below; floral stems,
animals and geometric motifs fill
Main border: white ground
red hooked bars with an infill of chevrons; these alternate with indented
Inner border: reciprocal blue and brown
trefoils; the blue usualy contain a red knot.
Outer border: as inner
but now incomplete.
Catalogue Date: 22.10.97
Victoria and Albert Museum, London