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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

Weaving and Finishing Steps

Galleries of ARFP Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs




Boteh - the symbol of fire

A fine
Shirvan Marasali Prayer rug with boteh motif

Size (metric): 101x141cm
Size (ft): 3'3"x4'7"
Area: 1.42 m2
Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~250 000 knots
Weaving period: 2 and half months
Colors (10): madder red, Persian blue, light sky blue, navy blue, peach yellow, golden yellow, maroon/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, ivory wool warps and cotton wefts
Handwoven in Azerbaijan

The shaded indigo field with diagonal rows of a variety of coloured boteh, scaterred various animal and tribal elements, the stepped keel-arch with stars, the spandrels with minor motifs flanking animals, in an ivory border of meandering boteh vine between red ground star and indigo ground stepped motif minor borders. Inscribed and dated

Boteh - the symbol of flaming fire



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.