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



Six column / Triple arched Western Anatolian "Transylavanian" rug

Code: TRBC-TA01

Size: 137x197cm (206cm including the kilim ends)

Size (ft): 4'5"x6'5" (6'9" including the kilim ends)

Area: 2.69 m2

Colors: red, gold yellow, medium blue, green, royal blue, maroon, ivory, dark brown.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, onion skins, natural dark brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and light red wool wefts (two shots). 5cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.6cm

Ends: chained fringes

Inscriptions: "Colin & Lee", 1438

Weaver: Maryam

Weaving Period: Four months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: The design is based on the mid-17th century six column/triple arched Western Anatolian "Transylavanian" rug from the Black church, Braşov. Stefano Ionescu's notes on this Blach Church prayer rug: "A particularly beautiful example with triple-arched niche that perfectly matches the description of the small group of coupled-column prayer rugs designated type I by Beattie. The lateral arch shows an unindented outline and there is no hanging ornament in place of the lamp. The field is almost always red and the bases of the thin columns mirror the capitals. Typically above the niche, there is a crenellated frieze and a deep panel with nice to eleven long-stemmed flowers. The main border is based on a curvilinear diamond cartouche."

Western Anatolian Turkish prayer rug with triple arch niche design, mid 17th century, Ottoman Empire. Black Church, Braşov, inv. no 227, 115x179cm, 1300 knots per square dm. Published in Stefano Ionescu's "Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania", plate 201

Contact us for more information about this rug










We had an opportunity to enjoy a private and atmospheric visit to Black church, Braşov and see its historical rugs closely, in Hali Transylvanian Tour, 2017. Here while enjoying the church’s historic organ.

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.