Balig carpet - one of most common carpets of Karabakh School

Baku, March 28, AZERTAC

Balig (Fish) carpet is considered to be one of the most common carpets of the Karabakh School. Well-known as Balig in the north of the country, it is called Mokhi in the Iranian Azerbaijan. Although the Balig carpet is made at all carpet weaving shops across Karabakh, it’s primarily made in Barda. Since the second half of the 18th century, it was made in Shusha as well. About 35 percent of the carpets and rugs made in Shusha in the second half of the 19th century fell to the share of the Balig kind of carpets.

The famous EraG, Bichag, Mustofi and other carpets were woven mainly on the basis of the Balig pattern. The composition of the Balig carpet largely follows the same principle with the spirals on the short length rapports. The leaves bent towards the end of the spiral (sometimes folded lengthwise) resembled the image of a fish; hence the conventional name of the composition is Balig.

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