About the Antique Rugs of the Future Project
Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan
Shearing, 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
Formerly in the Rudnick Collection, it was published by Bailey et al., "Through the Collectors Eye" (Providence 1991, pl.21) and was sold at Sotheby’s in New York in December 1999 HALI 109, p.153). It is one of the best of its type on the basis of colour, drawing, condition, wool quality, complexity, and fineness of weave. Very precisely drawn, it has intense, harmonious colours with three red dyes, including abrashed dark purple as a guard border background. The ivory palmette, an escapee from Chinese art, is intricately drawn. Later examples – with synthetic dyes, which make age determination fairly simple – omit the palmette(s), while the ogival forms are almost turned into rectangles. A comparison with pl.108 in Ulrich Schürmann’s, Caucasian Rugs (1965), in which the design is incompletely rendered, is instructive.
..Rugs with this design were woven all over the
Caucasus. ‘Karagashli’ is a Kerimov-sourced village name, said by many
writers about Caucasian rugs to be on the Daghestan border, near the Caspian
Sea (wrong). But rugs allegedly woven in that area have substantially
different patterns and structure from these two. Something’s not right.
However, there is a town named Qaragashli west of Baku, but whether it is
the source of either of these rugs is unknown. An educated guess is that
anything as finely woven as the second rug could well have come from near an
urban centre such as Baku. There are so many anomalies and contradictions in
the study of older Caucasian rugs that one can, at this point, only
appreciate them for their art value, and hope that some day they can be
placed accurately in a matrix of Azerbaijani material culture.