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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

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A fine antique Khyzy zili (also spelled as sileh, or verneh, correct name: zili) flatweave rug, late 19th century, Khyzy District (south of Kuba, north west of Baku), Azerbaijan. The Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow. Flat-woven wool (sileh). 118 205 cm. Inv. No. 8217 III. Acquired in 1970 from a private collection.  Pileless weaving is an art no less interesting or ancient than traditional pile weaving. The technique displayed by flat-woven carpets from Azerbaijan and their aesthetic merits testify to the existence of an old tradition of pileless weaving in the Caucasus. Such carpets were traditionally executed in white, red and blue and decorated with geometrically stylized zoomorphic motifs of ancient origin.