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
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Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs

Weaving and Finishing Steps

Galleries of ARFP Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs



Antique Kuba Alpan "crab" rug, early 20th century,  Northern Hillside Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

Plate 398 A very attractive rug, although one which appears to contain a number of synthetic dyes. Worthy of particular admiration is the boldly drawn crab border with a splendid polychromy to heighten the effect. It has cotton wefts, sides overcast in natural light brown cotton and a knot count of 1,200 per sq. dm (77 per sq. in.). Could be as late as 1900-10. 200 x 130 cm

Lit: Ian Bennett's Oriental Rugs Volume I