87 Mihrabi Maraza (so-called Marasali), 171 x 115 cm
End of the 19th century
The asymmetrical design of the namazlyk or janamaz (prayer rug) displays a
mihrab (prayer niche) in the central field and five vertical strips. The
white-ground middle strip passes underneath the niche. Around it, there are
two further strips arranged symmetrically in terms of colour and ornament.
Six different kinds of palmette surround diagonally arranged vines. The pal-mettes
formed of double-botehs which face away from one another and have bird heads
at their tips are particularly prominent.
The form of the heads can be found in the white botehs of the main border,
where they embellish the fine, dark vine meander. L. Kerimov says that the
folk name for this genre is zolagly which is to say "striped" or "with
Warps: Wool, Z3 S, light ivory.
Wefts: Cotton, Z2, white, 2 wefts: 1st tight, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2; Camel hair, Z2, light brown, Pile Height: 4 mm.
Knots: Sy2, / ,45 degree, H 40, V38 = c. 1,280 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velours, almost thin, ribbed.
Upper End: 0.5 cm white cotton simple tapestry weave.
Lower End: c. 1.5 cm Cotton + Wool flat-woven end of plain weave,
warp-threads knotted in groups, between them warp-thread loops not cut. Sel:
0.5 cm white cotton shirazi around 2 ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with
Colours: 10; crimson, red, dark orange, yellow, light brown (camel hair),
dark brown, blackish-brown (strongly oxidised), midnight-blue, blue, ivory.
Remarks: This is a carpet of outstanding quality and good colours.
Literature: L Kerimov IV, No 42, from the Museum for Azerbaijani Carpets and
Applied Folk Art, Baku, No 1907.
published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs", plate no: 87