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
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Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs

Weaving and Finishing Steps

Galleries of ARFP Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs




Shirvan Kabistan rug/  Şirvan Qabıstan xalçası

Size (metric)
: 134x172cm
Size (ft): 4'4"x5'7"
Area: 2.3 m2
Density: 180 000 knots per square meter, totally ~400 000 knots
Weaving period: 3 months

Colors (11): madder red, medium blue, cornflower blue, midnight blue, dark goldenrod yellow, light yellow, variegated light green, obergine, forest 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
- all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps (natural ivory and brown twist) and two shots of ivory wool wefts

Handwoven in Azerbaijan, dated 1436 (2015)

The ivory field with a serrated lozenge lattice enclosing stylised floral sprays and flowerheads, in a light madder red border of polychrome angular S-motifs between floral head stripes. The weaver-artist filled the classic latticework pattern with heart shaped blossoms and flower head motifs.

A rug with a similar "S" motif border depicted in Antonello de Messina's paiting. 1476. Gemäldegalerie, Dresden


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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.