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

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Antique Karabagh Sunburst Chelaberd rug, second half 19th century, western Karabagh, Azerbaijan, ca. 1850-1875. 1.05 x 1.42 (3'5" x 4'8"). Provenanced to the Bennet family at Rosendals Castle in Sweden. Single medallion Chelaberds are amongst the rarest of 19th century Caucasian rugs. Later pieces are longer, have two or more medallions, and do not have the great material quality, in terms of wool and colour, of the mid-19th century examples. The devices flanking the medallion are more clearly articulated here than in some other single medallion examples, suggesting that this may be earlier than mid-19th century. Peter Willborg, Stockholm, Sweden

Rosendals Castle in Sweden, 1615