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Antique Shirvan "Akstafa" bird rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Salyan (Saliani) District, Azerbaijan. 9'2" x 4'1". 1860-70s. H. Keshishian Collection


Warp: wool, 3 strand Z spun S plied ivory and some tan.
Weft wool (ivory, and some light blue), and some cotton, 2-4 shoots.
Pile: wool
Knot: symmetrical V9, H8-9, 72-81/per square inch