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


64. KUBA CHICHI from Enza Milanesi's "The Carpet". 

19th century, 4'7" X 3'4" [m. 1.42 x  1.02]
Warp: wool

Weft; wool, two shoots after each row of knots
Knots: Ghiordes, wool, 80 knots per square inch [1280 per dm.]

Like the one in Plate 66, this is a characteristic Chichi rug. It has a blue field filled with the hooked Chichi octagons. The octagons in this rug make an interesting contrast to the ones in Plate 61. Here the hooks and color have been rounded, but the original design can be seen to be identical. Rather than being decorated with octagons alone, the field in this example is varied by crosses, animals, flowers, stars, and other ornaments in red, blue, yellow, and white. The crosses in the comers are reminiscent of the Tibetan vajra. The border is the characteristic Chichi border. This rug has been signed twice across the bottom of the field. Aside from die irregularity of the decoration in the field, the blue in the field is an unusual sky-blue shade. Ordinarily the field is a darker, less attractive blue. This piece is a classic example of the strong individual talent of a weaver who used a common and fairly limited structure, for it is a unique work.