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Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan

Sorting, Washing, Carding, Spinning

"The advantages of handspun yarn to machine spun yarn"

Rediscovery of Ancient Natural Dyes
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Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs

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Caucasian Kuba Shahnazarli Rug
Size: 151x194cm
Size (ft): 4'11"x6'4"
Area: 2.93 m2
Density: 170 000 knots per square meter
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, spurge / euphorbia for green and yellow, indigo, onion skins
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps and cotton wefts
Hand knotted in Azerbaijan
Design: Two vertical medallion systems each of three lapis blue and golden yelllow hexagonal lozenges with upper and lower red serrate-edged panels (gubpa-dome) flank a vertical axial arrangement of four red diamond medallions, all against a midnight blue field containing some ivory grape leaf motifs and stylised bird forms; a tan inner border of interlocking latch-hooked amulets and a striking ivory main border of polychrome interlock bird-like design are set between red and dark blue floral-repeat minor borders and golden inner medachyl stripe. Luminous dyes combine with in unusual asymmetry in the design execution to produce an attractively spontaneous visual impression in this finely-crafted example.

Contact us for more information about this 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.