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



Early Kuba Medallion rug, Khanate Period. Azerbaijan. I strongly believe this rug is from the late 17th or early 18th century (VD).

Medallion Carpet, 19th century
Turk ve Islam Eserleri Museum, Istanbul Acquired 13 May 1916. Inv. no. 99 (1904) from the Mosque of Korkmazoglu at Sivas, Catalogued as Kuba copy of Indo-Persian
2.70 x 5.93 m, incomplete

Field: Blue ground. Large four-lobed pink medallion framed by fine white serrated band contains an indented lozenge and yellow, red and blue tilled flowers. Lozenge pattern is formed by green and white arabesques which contain palmettes and white and yellow flowers separated by vertical stems.
Borders: main border - 35 cm wide. A yellow stem forms a garland around large palmettes surrounded by green arabesques with small blue flowers on the stem flanked either side by a tree. Minor borders - 6 cm wide. Blue and red flowers on a brown stem with yellow
rosettes. Guard stripes -yellow band 3 cm wide, decorated with red Y shapes.

Warp: Z2S cotton, white
Weft: Z2S cotton, red; three shoots
Knot: symmetrical, 36H x 40V = 1440/sq dm
pile: wool, loosely twisted and cut short, slanting to the left
Colours: red, pink, blue, green, yellow,
brown and ivory

Yetkin, Serare, Early Caucasian Carpets in Turkey, Vol. I, London, 1978, pl. 99.