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


Antique Khyzy rug

circa 1880
230 x 130 cm (77 x 43)
symmetrically knotted wool pile on wool warps and cotton wefts

The highly geometric split-leaf arabesque forms that decorate the field of this rug appear on the brocaded covers and bags of the Shemakha district (should be north of Shemakha - Khyzy Region (VD)) in northeast Caucasus, sometimes in conjunction with the octagonal medallion that we see here at the centre, which is also typical of the Akstafa typology of Shirvan rugs (see for example A.N. Landreau, W.R. Pickering, From the Bosphorus to Samarkand Flat-Woven Rugs, Washington 1969, plate 20, pg. 36). The spaciously drawn, multi-coloured Kufic border framing the composition is characteristic of the finest east Caucasian weavings (see E. Herrmann, Kaukasische Teppichkunst Im 19. Jahrhundert, Munich 1993, plate 32, pg. 48 for a sumakh woven horse cover from the Shemakha district, dated 1876/77, with an identical Kufic border).