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



An outstanding example of a Gollu Chichi rug, Southern Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

13 Gollu Chichi Kuba District, Kuba 216 X 160 cm 1st quarter 20th century

The light central field which is rather small as compared to the width of the various borders, displays three sequences of the cross-beam-flower motif which is called khatai motif as mentioned before. In contrast to the previous rug, the diagonal beams in this piece are much shorter. The kabala naqish which is the characteristic main border of this type is an inner border surrounded by the wider shami main border and another nine stripes which are carnation borders (karanfil), two reciprocal crenellated borders, three narrow wave lines, one star border (ulduz) and one stripe with V-shaped motifs.

Warps: Wool, Z 3 S, light ivory.
Wefts: Cotton, Z2, white, 2 wefts: 1st straight, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2, Pile Height: 3 mm.
Knots: Sy2, /, 85, H 55, V50 =2,750 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velours, thin, ribbed.
Upper End: c. 2 cm wide wool simple tapestry weave with a coloured row (dark blue and dark reddish-orange) of simple tapestry weave.
Lower End: like upper end, 1.5 cm wide.
Selvedge: Thin, round and white. Cotton shirazi.
Colours: 12, dark brownish-red, red, pink, dark reddish-orange, dark yellow, dark reddish-brown, light brown, blackish-brown, midnight-blue, dark blue, olive, ivory.
Condition: The top left corner has been replaced, otherwise good.

Literature: L Kerimov II, p. 146, ill 121.
published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 13