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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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A fine Kuba Shahnazarli rug  

Size (metric): 116x164cm
Size (ft): 3'9"x5'4"
Area: 1.90 m2
Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~330 000 knots
Weaving period: two and half months
Colors: madder red, Persian blue, midnight blue, golden yellow, antique ruby, green, natural ivory, natural brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps and cotton wefts
Handwoven in Azerbaijan

The madder red field scattered with various polychrome floral, animal and geometric minor motifs around the three stepped medallions, in a golden yellow ground polychrome birds-on-tree motif main border and outer star pattern minor borders (dark indigo ground)

The serrated/saw-edged medallions (flame, gubba, gubpa) have been related by some authors to ancient Egyptian and Persian Royal insignia.


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the picture represents the actual knot density - 35 x 57, or 130 KPSI


Grape Leaf

Apple Flower

"Kochak" (rams horn) symbol


A Rug Comb or a boat

An ancient petroglyph in Gobustan Rocks: a pointed star on the boat

Cart wheel



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.