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Ref. No: 0407-26

Type: Kuba-Shirvan

Group: Kuba

Sub-Group: Khyrdagul Chichi

Origin Country: AZERBAIJAN, Chichi Village

General Information: Chichi village is located 20 km to the south of Kuba city.

Art Analysis:
With its dark blue background Syrt Chichi carpets looks like Khyrda Gul Chichi type of Kuba carpets. But there is a difference between them. In Syrt Chichi rugs, the elements are closer to each other on central elements, and there are not many supplementary elements in spite of Khyrda Gul Chichi carpets. The size of the elements are bigger and they have got different shape. If "Bashmaq" is the main element of Khyrda Gul Chichi carpets, "alcha-gul" is the main element of Syrt Chichi rugs. Alcha gul element can be found in the painting of famous painter Hans Memling.(1433-1494) The Virgin and Child with an Angel, St. George and a Donor. c. 1470-80. Oil on wood. National Gallery, London, UK

Another element of the central field is octagonal charkh (wheel).

The border of
Chichi carpets consist of (from the inner part) medakhil, zanjira, main and secondary kayma. The main kayma with black background is used also in another Kuba carpets, such as Zeyve. But its mostly characteristic to Chichi carpets. At both sides of main kayma, after two zanjira's, there are secondary kayma's, which are called "ulduz" (means star). This is another characteristic of Chichi carpets. And at both sides of these ulduz's there are medakhil's, local masters call it "mollabashy".

The background of the central filed of Chichi carpets is generally in dark blue color, and sometimes could be in dark red.

Pile: WOOL

Warp&Weft: cotton

Density/Kpsm (knots per square meter): up to 300 000

Colors: Naturally dyed

Size: 180x287cm

Area: 5.166m2

AGE: circa 1960

Condition: very good

Technical Analysis: Density of "Chichi" carpets varies from 40x40 to 55x55 per square decimeter. (from 160.000 to 300.000 knots per square meter)

The height of pile: 4-6 mm

Comments: Carpet "Chichi" is also considered as one of the best samples of Kuba Region.

Researched and prepared by Vugar Dadashov




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