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
Victoria and Albert Museum early 19th century Kuba or Baku rug with Afshan gül motif, Eastern Azerbaijan.
Victoria and Albert Museum, No. 201. Acquired in 1897. 8 feet 10 inches x 5
feet 10 inches(2.69m x 1.78m).
Colours: Nine. Medium blue (field); ochre; medium yellow, deep yellow;
brown-yellow; black; white; light blue; lighl crimson. The colours are faded
or altered and are in some cases hard to distinguish. It is evident,
however, that the S-devices in the odd-numbered borders originally showed a
succession of four different coloursóblue, ochre, and two deep yellows now
almost identical. Perhaps originally one of the last was a red.
The motives introduced into the design here are, as is the case with most
Caucasian carpets, derived from both Persian and Turkish sources. The field
has an angular and somewhat scattered version of the Persian design of
palmettes and other floral forms described under Plate VI, and seen again in
yet a different guise in Plate XVI.