About the Antique Rugs of the Future Project
Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan
Shearing, 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
Antique Kuba rug with Afshan gül motif, late 19th / early 20th century, Southern Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan.
176 x 130 cm 244
Similar to the previous piece, this one has a concentric lozenge in the
middle of the dark-blue central field. A number of different ornaments are
symmetrically grouped around it. According to L. Kerimov, the white square
islimi patterns (arabesques) which the natives call "the three-legged one"
is characteristic of this group. Authors of Western literature refer to them
as "fork meanders" or "leaf fork meanders". Doris Eder called these carpets
"leaf fork Kuba" because of a lack of information on the provenance (see
Doris Eder, Kaukasische Teppiche, Munich 1979, pp. 288-291). She quotes L.
Kerimov who regards the four whirls around a central pole or the quadruple
arrangement of the sajayaq motif as an ancient cult symbol (loc. cit., p.
Warps: Wool,Z3S, ivory.