- a loosely curled fur, a kind of karakul, made from the pelt of very young lambs originally bred near Astrakhan
- a wool fabric with a pile cut and curled to look like this
The definition of astrakhan is the curly wavy fur of a lamb from the area around a city in Russia called Astrakhan.
Black or gray lamb fur from a Russian city in the Volga River Delta is an example of Astrakhan.
city & port in SW Russia, on the Volga River delta near the Caspian Sea
- See karakul.
- A fabric with a curly looped pile, made to resemble karakul.
A city of southwest Russia on the Volga River delta. The Tatar city was conquered by Ivan the Terrible in 1556.x
Named from the Central-Asian city and oblast Astrakhan.
- The Astrakhan rebellion (1706), which affected all the districts under his government, shook Peter's confidence in him, and seriously impaired his position.
- Corn from middle Russia for Astrakhan is transferred from the railway to boats at Tsaritsyn; timber and wooden wares from the upper Volga are unloaded here and sent by rail to Kalach; and fish, salt and fruits sent from Astrakhan by boat up the Volga are here unloaded and despatched by rail to the interior of Russia.
- A very large industry in Bukhara is the export of Astrakhan lamb skins (called locally Karakul).
- After this he revisited Syria and Asia Minor, and crossed the Black sea, the desert from Astrakhan to Bokhara, and the Hindu Kush.
- In 1738 John Elton traded between Astrakhan and the Persian port of Enzeli on the Caspian, and undertook to build a fleet for Nadir Shah.