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



Antique Shirvan rug with Konagkend design, Azerbaijan

from Khakshouri Collection
195 X 134 cm Around 1900

This piece, too, shows the generous ornamentation in the central field which is characteristic for this group. In contrast to the previous piece, this carpet has a central field on a red ground and a medallion on a dark-blue ground. The inner drawings of the core medallion and the four octagons in the corners are decorated with a herati-like motif. What is missing are the four triangles, but instead, there are four octagons with a crescent or C-shaped inner drawing. Two of these motifs have also been used for the bulges of the dark-blue medallion.
The main border on a light ground is identical with that of the previous rug. Two carnation borders flank the main border. Instead of the outer reciprocal crenellated border, this one has a reciprocal triangle border. On the whole, this piece has a richer ornamentation than No 51.

Warp: Wool, Z3 S, light ivory + dark brown; (1+2 and 2+1).
Weft: Cotton, Z 2-4, white, 2 wefts: 1st lighter, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool,Z2,Pile Height:2.5mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 3, \, 65, H65, V40 = c. 2600 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velvety, thin, ribbed.
Upper End: c. 0.6 cm white cotton simple tapestry weave (Z6S).
Lower End: c. 1 cm, other than that, like upper end.
Selvedge: 0.5 cm wide white cotton shirazi around 2 ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads.
Colours: 9; dark red, dark yellow, beige, dark reddish-brown, blackish-brown, midnight-blue, blue, green, ivory.
Literature: L. Kerimov II .p. 195, ill. 160. Ulrich Schurmann, loc. cit., p. 275, colour ill. 103 published a world-class piece.

from Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs"