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
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Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs

Weaving and Finishing Steps

Galleries of ARFP Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs



Antique Kuba rug, perhaps mid19th century, North East Azerbaijan

306 A splendidly archaic-looking and beautifully coloured Kuba rug: The relationship of the overall composition of this piece, with its huge octagonal medallions and generously spaced Kufic borders, to the so-called Large Pattern Holbein rugs of 15th/l6th century Turkey is obvious. Among more recent Caucasian weaving, however, it is an unusual design to find on pile woven carpets, being closer to certain soumaks, with their bold geometric medallions. Among the latter we illustrate 473 has a clearly relatable central star motif witin each octagon, which in turn is contained within a huge star. We might also compare the design of the fine soumak illustrated by Joseph V. McMullan in Islamic Carpets (plate 51). The author comments on the motifs within each medallion, similar to those seen here: "These... large, effulgent stars, which appear in the Spanish rugs of the 15th century, using a design transmitted from Western Asia through Egypt into Spain by the Muslims. The design disappeared from Spain by the 16th century, but was still occasionally used in the Caucasus." The maroon and pink floral inner border of this rug, so beautifully drawn and well-spaced, is also worthy of special note. A very fine piece and, although earlier examples are known, one cannot help feeling that this might prove to be early 19th century. 202 x 107 cm

Lit: Ian Bennett's Oriental Rugs Volume I
published Ian Bennett's Oriental Rugs Volume I, plate 306