210 X 132 cm, Early
The characteristic feature of this group is the generous ornamentation of
the central field, while there are varieties with a red, dark-blue (like
this one) and white (very rare) ground. The centre is dominated by a large
stepped medallion which is surrounded by an octagon (göl) with appendages at
the top and bottom. Another four octagons (göls) in the corners are an
additional important feature, just as the triangles with or, like here,
Earlier categories have richer drawings than the later ones which usually
have only few ornaments.
The main border on a light ground is quite common all over the Caucasus. It
is a curved or bent, broken and intermittent vine meander which is set off
with palmettes or stars (ulduzlu variety). A carnation border and a simple
sequence of round cross-flowers surround the main border.
Warp: Wool, Z3 S, ivory (the right half), 2 X ivory +1 X brown and 1 X ivory
+ 2 X brown.
Weft: Cotton, Z2, white, 2 wefts: 1st tighter, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2,
Pile Height: 2.5mm.
Knot: Symmetrical 3, \, 35 °, H55 x V45 = 2,475 Knots / dm2.
Handle: Velvety, thin, ribbed.
Selvedge: Thin, round and dark brownish-red wool shirazi.
Colours: 10; dark crimson, dark brownish-red. yellow, light brown,
blackish-brown, midnight-blue, dark blue, greyish-blue, greyish-green,
Literature: L. Kerimov ll p. 195, ill. 160. Ulrich Schurniann, loc. cit., p.
275, colour ill. 103 published a world-class piece
Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian