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Antique Shirvan rug, Azerbaijan. 19th century. Published in Oriental Carpets A Complete Guide by Murray L. Eiland Jr, plate 280

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 except on a Kuba district rug
Colors: pale red, deep red, dark red and medium blue, yellow, ivory, light and dark green, brown-black. Warp: natural wool, 3 strands. Weft: light blue cotton, 3 strands, 2 shoots. Pile: wool, 2 strands. Edges: 3-cord reinforced selvage of light blue cotton. Ends; narrow plain weave bands at both ends.