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

back to "Early Karabagh rugs and carpets" main page



Early Karabagh or Shirvan carpet, 18th century, Khanate Period, Azerbaijan. Victoria and Albert Museum

Place of origin: Caucasus (made)

Date: 17th-18th century (made)

Museum number: CIRC.379-1923

Gallery location: In store

Physical description: Carpet fragment; upper left hand corner

WARP: cream, light brown wool sometimes plied together; Z2S; 17 threads per inch (67 per dm); depressed.

WEFT: light brown wool; Z2S; 2 shoots after each row of knots; 7 knots per inch (28 per dm).

PILE: wool; 8 colours: red, yellow, light yellow, green, blue, dark purple, light purple, cream; symmetrical knot tied around 2 threads; 60 knots per sq. inch (938 per sq. dm).

SIDE FINISH: missing

END FINISH: missing

DESIGN: red ground with evidence of very large lattice formed by angular dark purple or blue leaves with a central yellow barbed line. The main design element is a red diamond; within it a multi-hooked device in yellow contains a similar, smaller one in blue. The whole has blue horned decoration at the four points and light yellow stylised tulips on the sides and lies on a cream medallion. Within the left hand portions of the lattice are two halves of a stepped concentric lozenge, an animal and S-motifs.

Main border: cream ground with leaf and wine glass pattern.

Inner border: blue ground with joined single-colour flowerheads.

Outer border: incomplete, but with evidence of a yellow ground with flowerheads like the inner border.

Museum number: CIRC.379-1923

URL: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O117934/carpet/