Shirvan rugs - The historic Khanate or administrative district of Shirvan produced many highly decorative antique rugs that have a formality and stylistic complexity that is found in few rugs from the Caucasus. The depth of colors, the complexity of the composition and the phenomenal patterns featured in antique Shirvan rugs set them apart from those produced in other regions of the Caucasus. Shirvan, which is part of modern-day Azerbaijan, was populated by Azeri Turks and some Armenians, who were expert dyers and weavers. The format is generally long and narrow, which would have been preferred by consumers in the Caucasus. This format lends itself well to multi-medallion compositions.
Grand symbol-filled medallions with polychrome accents are featured prominently as are all-over Afshan patterns, which are a sort of angular arabesque filled with dramatic harshang palmettes. Stunning allover patterns featuring symbolic devices and a latticework of angular floral sprigs are also used. Fine prayer rugs with angular mihrabs are made in the area as well. Rugs from the Shirvan region include those produced in Marasali, Bakuand other local cities and villages with the largest carpets coming from Baku. Regardless of the format or the patterns featured, antique Shirvan carpets are full of strong colors, powerful symbols and subtle details that add to their stylistic richness.
Shirvan rugs are often the most sought after antique rugs from the Caucasus. Shirvans were made not far from those of Kuba, which are closely related in terms of design and coloration. But Shirvans tend to be distinguished by a larger, more supple weave. They also leaned more to medallion designs, while Kubas relied more on allover patterns. Still, Shirvans and Kubas constitute something of a contrast to the bolder more graphic quality of South Caucasian rugs like Kazaks and Karabaghs. Instead they are more finely detailed, relying on precise articulations of form as well as the effects of rich color.
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25 Rugs Found in Shirvan Rugs
Loaded with quintessential details, this marvelous antique Caucasian Shirvan rug showcases an exquisite floral latticework pattern enclosed by elegant crab borders.
Crafted in Shirvan, this stately antique Caucasian rug features a superb allover arabesque with a distinctive hexagonal form and graphic contrasting color palette.
This dazzling antique Caucasian Shirvan prayer rug showcases a dramatic blossom-style arabesque surrounded by formal guardbands and exquisite kufesque borders.
This antique Shirvan rug from the Caucasus displays an exquisite triad of Lesghi stars surrounded by an astounding collection of regional motifs and tribal symbols.
This sublime antique Shirvan rug features a rich assortment of cultural symbols and ancient protection motifs that are set over a chic ivory-colored ground.
This classic Shirvan carpet features exquisite colors and traditional patterns from the Caucasus with a vague tribal influence.
Archetypal Caucasian designs and tribal symbols are featured in this stunning antique floral latticework rug from the renowned carpet-weaving city of Shirvan.
This charming antique Shirvan rug features bold tribal weaving with an allover geometric design. Abstracted flowers are
A finely detailed trellis of abstract forms descended form arabesque vinescrolls repeats across the field of this exquisite antique Konaghend.
This definitive antique Caucasian Shirvan rug showcases angular designs, precise geometry, clear symbols, strong colors and the best features of regional designs.
Woven in Shirvan, this antique rug features a columnar pattern of stacked lozenges decorated with detailed protection symbols from the Caucasus.
Decorative earth-tone stripes, fantastic border motifs and dainty S-hooks adorn this striped carpet from Shirvan, which represents a classic Caucasian rug type.
A classic Caucasian 'Afshan repeat' design unfolds across the field of this exceptional antique Shirvan.
Featuring the designs of a traditional Shirvan prayer rug, the geometric designs rest atop a gradient of blue and grey. Multicolored chevrons of firebrick and gamboge surround the central design of this immaculate creation.
This spectacular antique Shirvan rug displays an impeccable allover latticework pattern accompanied by S-hook borders and symbols synonymous with the region.
Full of distinctive features and tribal symbols, this antique Shirvan rug depicts a superb coffered-gul medallion that represents the best local design traditions.
Crafted in the late 19th century, this stunning antique Russian Shirvan runner features a graphic assortment of traditional patterns, textures and techniques.
This classic Memling-gul rug from Shirvan features a number of traditional and tribal motifs from the Caucasus.
This early 20th century antique Shirvan rug depicts an outstanding stacked-medallion composition embellished with a dazzling array of ancient protection symbols.
A chain of polygonal medallions stretches across this antique Shirvan runner rug. Enclosed by several
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