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Here come the Armenian Dragons!
230 x 370 cm

POWERFUL Armenian Dragon Sileh, 2nd half 19th C. This 'Sileh' carpet is woven using the weft-wrapping technique known as soumakh, with a design of large S-shaped motifs that represent highly stylized, mythological dragons. Typically they are displayed with protruding, hooded eyes above and a long, thin tail beneath, with the main body filled with small Z-motifs which represent scales. This example is a rare type woven in one piece and has four eyes on each dragon instead of the usual two. Why Armenian? Bronze-age Dragons steles are ONLY located within the contours of the Armenian highland. Dragon mythology has been been a part of Armenian culture since time immemorial.

Armenian Dragon Sileh