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 "Chichi" Kuba runner, published at Enza Milanesi's "The Carpet" book,
Northeastern Caucasus, Azerbaijan, 19th century
Venice, Rascid Rahaim Collection

Carpet types that take their name from villages and towns close to Kuba are classified as part of the Kuba production, although their provenance may be questionable; therefore, the names of these carpets indicate only styles and designs with any certainty. Chi-chi carpets like this one, named for a village south of Kuba, are recognizable by the ground and the principal border. The field is usually dark blue and is covered with small, hooked, multicolored octagonal medallions set densely in rows. The principal border is decorated with an unusual motif trimmed in white on a blue or black ground and is composed of octagonal, cross-shaped rosettes alternating with oblique barrettes.