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
back to antique Kuba Perepedil rugs
Antique Kuba Perepedil double niche rug, c. 1870, 98 x 222 cm, North East Azerbaijan.
Perepedils were rather harshly treated by Nicolas Fokker in his book
Caucasian Rugs of Yesterday, where he wrote, 'If you've seen one of
these, you've seen the lot. All appear to have been made on a single model.'
While this damning description may be appropriate for some late nineteenth-
and early twentieth-century examples, it certainly does not describe the
earlier pieces. The format of this rug, for instance, is quite eccentric,
with prayer niches at either end. It has been suggested that this and
similar examples were woven for export to the West, rather than for prayer.
I would question this theory on two counts, however: only one other
double-niche Perepedil is known to me (plate 49), and Western demand did not
materialize until very late in the nineteenth century.
Text and image from Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs.