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Antique Shirvan "Gashad" rug, Aksu District, Azerbaijan. early 20th century. published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 95

The dark blue central field is dominated by five square medallions which are connected to one another. They have three different colours. The central medallion on a red ground is surrounded by two light blue and two light brown medallions in a symmetrical arrangement. There are concentric rectangles, octagons and stars n the centre of every medallion. We see eight-point stars woven into octagons which are reffered to as Median stars (Julius Orendi, loc. cit., vol. II, p.32, ill.223). Four bird figures appear in four corners of the inner octagons. There are large rosettes aligned around the four sides of the medallion. The main border on a light ground present itself as a simple row of circles into which four crescent like motifs are woven.