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



1316 AH (1898/99 AD) dated Kuba rug, late 19th century, Devechi-Shabran District, North East Azerbaijan

12 Gollu Chichi Kuba District, Kuba 168 X 135 cm Dated 1316 = 1898-1899

The white central field shows the typical palmette crosses with khatai poles. Khata is the ancient Persian term for West China and East Turkestan; khatai stands for the pattern from this region. This carpet has the most classical ornamentation of all the carpets presented in this publication. The main border is adorned with the kabala naqish characteristic of this family. Two strips of carnations (karanfil) surround the main border. An inner simple star border complements the border system.

Warps: Wool, Z3 S, dark ivory.
Wefts: Wool and Cotton, Z2, ivory and white, 2 wefts: 1st tighter, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool,Z2,
Pile Height:5mm. Knots: Sy3, \, 45 H 55, V 35 = c. 1,925 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velours, almost thin, poorly ribbed,
Upper End: c. 2.5 cm wool and cotton flat-woven end, 0.5 cm light blue cotton soumak with four rows of countered soumak, warps knotted in groups in staggered rows.
Lower End: Like upper end.
Selvedge: c. 0.5 cm light blue cotton shirazi from two ribs in figure-of eight wrapping with supplemental threads which frequently extend deep into the fabric.
Colours: 10; brownish-red, dark brownish-red, dark reddish-brown, dark pink, dark yellow, blackish-brown, turquoise, water blue, light green, ivory. Condition: Four corners restored, otherwise good.
Remarks: Good wool and good drawing, shades not optimum.

Literature: L. Kerimov IV, ill, 56, Doris Eder, loc. cit, ill. 382, p. 339.
published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 12