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Antique "Shield" Kazak rug, Elisabethpol Governate, Tovuz-Shamkir district, Kazak Uyezd, North-West Azerbaijan. published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 173

Kara Koyunlu (so-called Karachop) Tauz district, Kazak 208 x 150 cm Around 1900

The dark brownish-red central field is filled by a giant medallion in dark-blue. It is streched vertically with three projections on each side. The outlines of the medallion are constituted by white triangles. Actually, it is a medallion on a white ground which has been woven into a dark-blue one. 15 lozenges with hooks make up the ornamentation of the medallion. It is encircled by a belt of amulet motifs. The pentagons with hooks that fill the projections also seem to be amulets and/or talisman. The main border on a dark brown ground is a classcial kochanak border (ram's horns border). It is common for most Turkmen, and also Anatolian carpets. The inner border is a reciprocal triangle border (paykan = arrow tip or spearhead), while a vine meander (aksu = white water) finishes the carpet off.

Warp: Wool, Z3 S, ivory, sometimes dark brown.
Weft: Wool, Z2, brown to blackish-brown (some rows blackish-brown with a white C thread,blended), 2-4 wefts waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2, one knot with red silk found,
Pile Height: 9 mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 1, H 40-45, W28 =1,120-1,260 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Meaty, thick, coarsely grained and cross-ribbed.
Upper End: c. 1.3 cm blackish-brown wool simple tapestry weave.
Lower End: c. 2 cm blackish-brown wool simple tapestry weave, 2 thick wefts inserted before the fringes, warp loops not cut.
Selvedge: c. 0.5 cm blackish-brown wool shirazi around 2 ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads (in two spots blue and turquoise).
Colours: 10; dark brownish-red, dark ruby red, dark violet, beige yellow, dark to blackish-brown, dark blue, blue to light blue, turquoise, dark green, ivory.
Condition: Good.
Literature: L. Kerimov III, colour ill. 80. Almost an identical piece, however, the medallion does not have any motifs. Unfortunately, Kerimov's picture gives a slightly sterile impression as it is hand-painted and coloured.