Antiker Shirvan Leski
137 cm x 98 cm
Nr. 17168


Geometric Antiker Shirvan Leski, rusty red with border and diamonds

Place of origin
Size137 cm x 98 cm (= 1.34 qm)
Manufacturinghand knotted
MaterialFlor: wool (handspun, natural color)
Weft & Warp: wool
Pile height3mm
Year of manufacture1850
Coloringrusty red
EditionSingle piece

Place of origin

Lezgi rugs (also Leski, Lesghi or Lezgian rugs) are knotted by the Turkish tribe of Lezgi in the north-eastern Caucasus. The typical pattern of Lezgi rugs is a star, the so-called Lezgi star with eight points and four arrows in the background. The arrangement of the points and arrows creates the impression of a total of 12 points.

All Shirvan rugs are knotted from exceptionally fine wool and have a flat pile. Old and antique Shirvans are highly treasured and highly valued among collectors in Europe. It is not unusual for them to have a count of up to 300,000 kn/qm.

A characteristic feature of Shirvan Lezgi rugs is, as for all Shirvans, the wide border. A wide main strip is framed by 2 - 6 subsidiary strips. The field is often defined by imaginative geometric designs. These rugs are often characterized by blue, as well as red and ivory knotting. The multi-colored patterns result in a fine and versatile coloring. This antique Shirvan Leski is a collector's item. It is about 170 years old and, therefore, a really special piece. Antique rugs like this Shirvan Leski are still very popular and are sold at top prices by renowned auction houses.


The embellished edging (border) forms a beautiful contrast to the center and creates a transition at the edge of the rug.

The abstract, geometric composition creates the simple elegance of this Shirvan Leski. The pattern flatters the design of the room and does not take the attention away from its furniture, decoration and architectural elements. It creates a pleasant atmosphere without dominating the style of the room.

In the pattern of this Shirvan Leski, the diamonds stand out in particular. Diamonds are a rhombus standing on a point, the four equal sides of which may be jagged, stitched or hooked. The diamond is one of the oldest basic forms in oriental rugs. It has a symbolic meaning in the Islamic world: it symbolizes the immortality of the soul. It is therefore very often found as a filler motif.

The repeating elements in the center field of this Shirvan Leski rug have no specific center (so-called repeating pattern). The repeating pattern has a calming but not boring effect. Rugs with repeating patterns are also called patterned.

The background of this Shirvan Leski is rusty red. The border features rusty red, beige and dark brown.


You are not the first to appreciate this Shirvan Leski. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand knotted about 1850. We have cleaned it thoroughly and restored it lovingly. Therefore it is in very good condition despite its age.


The technique used to produce the materials of the pile of this Shirvan Leski is over 200 years old. The wool is dyed with natural colors and spun by hand. Dyeing with natural or vegetable dyes is more complicated, expensive and time-consuming than dyeing with chemical dyes. For a bright red, for example, you would need about one kilogram of ground madder root per kilogram of wool as dye. For a strong, not too pale yellow, you would need two kilograms of the dye madder per kilogram of wool. Also spinning wool is time-consuming and labor-intensive. In addition, fewer and fewer people are able to hand spin wool.

But the effort is worth it: By dyeing with natural dyes, the high-quality wool retains its natural fat content. Wool dyed with natural colors and spun by hand creates fascinating, iridescent patterns. The charm of hand-spun wool with its slight irregularities and natural hues unfolds as a contrasting element in modern interiors, but also in rooms that are furnished in a more traditional or country house style. The backing (weft and warp threads) of this Shirvan Leski is made of virgin wool.

The colors of this carpet change depending on which side it is viewed from. It depends on whether the light falls on the line or against the line of the pile. We have therefore taken pictures of this rug from different perspectives.
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