Antique Handmade oriental carpet No. 56494 Shirvan, ca. 1910 Caucasus 4.7 x 3.2 feet
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||Shirvan, ca. 1910
|Country of Origin:
||4.7 x 3.2 ft
||geometric / allover
This is a unique handmade / hand-knotted / traditional oriental carpet
The pile of this carpet is made of wool
More about the provenance Shirvan, ca. 1910 | Caucasus
Shirvan is located in West Caucasia in Azerbaijan. Technically speaking Shirvan is a general term for rugs made South West of Kuba and East of Genje. The Shirvan is by quality and also quantity a major provenance of Caucasian rugs. He is characterized by a tight and very accurately led geometric design, by the luminosity of its colors and by the unusual fineness of the weaving which also facilitates the imaging of persons and animal figures. Also the warp (and therefore the fringes) is almost always of brown wool . There is no uniform Shirvan design, the variation is too wide. There are three Shirvan provenances which due to their own characteristic and structure can be recognized easier: Akstafa (in the Western part of Shirvan), Bijow (rare and hardly known) and Marasali (known especially for its prayer rugs).
This is an Oriental nomadic rug. The word "nomad" comes from the Greek word "nemein". Nomads are wandering tribes, shepherds, stockbreeders, or hunters. In the minorly populated areas of Asia and North Africa they move with their herds, all their belongings and their tents to new places constantly. Many states already tried to make them settle down with various success. Mostly it is the women of the tribes which contribute to the family's income with their carpet knotting and weaving while the men breed stock or go hunting. But due to the circumstances of nomadic life the carpet production often lacks regularity and precision in form and design, which actually adds to their originality and makes them even more popular. The wool is mostly dyed with vegetable dyes.