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



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).
WarpóBrownish wool; 17 to one inch; on one level.
WeftóBrownish wool; two shoots after each row of knots.
Knots.óWool; Ghiordes type; 9 to one inch; 80 to the square inch.

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.
The small floral forms projecting from the border on to the field are very common in Turkish rugs, but only rarely seen elsewhere. The cointerchanged pattern in the main border-stripe is of Persian origin, while the angular S-forms,seen in four of the minor border-stripes, are of a kind occurring often in Asia Minor work.