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Ref. No: 0407-04

Type: Kuba-Shirvan

Group: Shirvan

Sub-Group: Chukhanly

Origin Country: AZERBAIJAN, Shirvan Area

General/Historical Information: The name of the carpet derives from the name of a village, Chukhanly, which is located 13 kilometers far from the south east of Shamakhy Town. At earlier times, people named it as “Gabristan”, “Maraza” or “Chukhan”. After second half of 18th century, these carpets received wide popularity under the name “Chukhanly”.

Art Analysis: The composition of the central field of Chukhanly carpet has got a lot similarity with Sor-Sor carpets (also Shirvan group). But it differs from “Sor-Sor” with its special elements-“Buta”. The decoration of this “Buta” s, which is located in the central field, is complex. The leaves that come out from the sides of “Buta”, strengthen decorative effect of the carpet.

Usually for the carpets with the pattern of Buta, the colors are distributed unsystematically.

But in Chukhanly carpets, the color of these elements is uniform on a diagonal way. That is one of the main artistic features of this carpet.

The border ornaments, such as “Horuk”, “Kosa” which is characteristic to Shirvan carpets, are applied also for Chukhanly carpets.

It’s especially necessary to mention that ancient Azerbaijani carpets, such as Mugan and Gobystan rendered significant influence on carpets “Chukhanly”.

Pile: WOOL

Warp&Weft: cotton

Density/Kpsm (knots per square meter): (34x44) up to 150 000

Colors: 10 = night sky blue, red, light yellow, cream,  light pink, light brown, yellow, mustard, dark green, dark blue (Naturally dyed)

Size: 117cmx200cm

Area: 2.34m2

Weight: 5.4 kg

Kg/m2: 2.3

AGE: about 40 years

Condition: very good

Technical Analysis: The size of “Chukhanly” carpets vary from 115cmx180cm to 160cmx260cm

The bigger size of “gaba”s (elongated pile carpets) is also made in the region.

Density of Chukhanly carpets varies from 35x40 to 50x50 per square decimeter. (From 160.000 to 250.000 knots per square meter)

The height of pile: 4-6mm

Comments: Carpet “Chukhanly” can be attributed as one of the best of Shirvan carpets.

Researched and prepared by Vugar Dadashov

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