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A Shirvan prayer rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Azerbaijan. 114 x 122 cm, 3'9" x 4'0". Second half 19th century, published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs, plate 78
This unusual Shirvan has some interesting and distinctive features. Its
squarish dimensions are uncommon, but the focus here is on the spandrels
which contain jewellery' motifs and three additional prayer arches.
Depictions of jewellery pieces, specifically the triangular pendants (daghdan)
or amulet cases (turmar) evocative of Turkoman craft, are rarely used as
ornamentation in Caucasian weavings, although an instance of similar use in
the spandrels of a Marasali prayer rug is known.