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Antique Shirvan rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Salyan (Saliani) District, Azerbaijan. Late 19th century. published S. Azadi 'Azerbaijani Caucasian Rugs', plate no: 108. 160x280cm


Four medallions with three different ground colours extend to the border system a dominate the central field. Hook-rimmed diamonds take the place of the bird figures typical of this group, though one can make out a number of small animals. Two different compositions alternate in the centre of the medallions. The main border presents the well-known shamdan (candelabra) or mashaal (torch) pattern.