About the Antique Rugs of the Future Project

Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan

Sorting, Washing, Carding, Spinning

"The advantages of handspun yarn to machine spun yarn"

Rediscovery of Ancient Natural Dyes
Our Natural Dyestuffs


Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs

Weaving and Finishing Steps

Galleries of ARFP Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs



Reconstruction of the Berlin Museum early 16th century small pattern Holbein rug
Size (metric): 147x214cm
Size (ft): 4'9"x7'0"
Area: 3.14 m2
Pile height: 0.3-0.4cm
Ends: braided tassles
Weaving period: 3 months

madder red, dark navy blue, gold yellow, maroon, medium green, ivory, dark brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), woad, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool
- all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and wefts

Weavers: handwoven by sister weavers in an eastern Azerbaijan village

Afshar tribal tamga is woven in the kilim end.


"The Ambassadors- Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve", by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533, depicts an early Turkish large pattern Holbein rug with
the reciprocal trefoil border of the same type.

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"A Family Group", 1524, by Bernardino Licinio (c.1490-1549) shows a small pattern Holbein rug




A small pattern Holbein rug is depicted in Tommaso di Piero's 'The Sacred Conversation', 1490-1500


Edward VI (the King of England and Ireland between 1547 1553, standing on a green ground small pattern Holbein carpet. c.1547 by an unknown artist


"Madonna and Child Enthroned between Angels and Saints", c. 1486, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. by Domenico Ghirlandaio - shows a so called small pattern "Holbein" rug



"Laura Pisani", Circle of Dosso Dossi. Italian, Ferrara, about 1525.



" Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints", ca. 1490s , unknown painter. Location: Chiese di Gravedona, Como.(fresco)



"Annunciazione", c 1505, by Andrea Previtali ("Holbein" carpet in the background)


Afshar tribal tamga is woven in the kilim end.


San Zeno Polyptych, 1457-60. by Andrea Mantegna. San Zeno, Verona. This is one of the earliest paintings depicting a small pattern Holbein rug.

For more information about the above rug or to place an order please email vd@azerbaijanrugs.com (Baku, Azerbaijan) or ra@azerbaijanrugs.com  (San Francisco Bay Area). We will get back to you within 24 hours or less.