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



Mid 19th century Kuba Alpan "crab" rug, Northern Hillside Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan. Mark Keshishian Collection. 2'2" x 3'

This is an Alpan Kuba fragment from Keshishian Collection, with a bold design and beautiful colors. It is missing approximately half of its length as well as its main border and outer guard stripe.

The designs consist of a single vertical row of repeating eight-pointed medallions, surrounded by elongated hexagons with claw-like projections.

The name refers to the village of Alpan, situated 5 kms to the northwest of Kuba. Raoul Tschebull maintains that the geometric Alpan design can be traced, via 17th-18th century Azerbaijan silk embroideries back to the pattern of unglazed tiles found throughout the Islamic world.