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Antique Shirvan rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Salyan (Saliani) District, Azerbaijan. early to mid 19th century. published Murray L Eiland Jr. & Murray Eiland III's "Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide" plate no: 280

5'5" X 6'4" (165 x 193 cm)
While the design elements seem to have been assembled from a variety of Caucasian types, the structure suggests a south Shirvan origin.
The blue cotton edge does not resemble that found on Kuba rugs so much as it does the finish on Talish pieces. Alternate warps are not depressed, as one would expect on a Kuba district rug.
Colors (9): pale red, deep red, dark and medium blue, yellow, ivory, light and dark green, brown-black.
Warp: natural wool, strands. Weft: light blue cotton, 3 strands, 2 shoots.
Pile: wool, 2 strands. Knot: symmetrical, h. 7, v. 8,56/in2 (h. 28, v. 32, 896/dm2),
Edges:3-cord reinforced selvage of light blue cotton. Ends: narrow plain weave bands at both ends.