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



Kuba rug, 17th century (Safavid Period), Azerbaijan. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dragon Rug (detail), late 17th century
Caucasus (Kuba)
Wool pile on cotton and wool foundation; 151 x 90 in. (383.54 x 228.6 cm)
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922 (22.100.122)

This rug represents the village carpet-weaving tradition of the Caucasus that continued contemporaneously with the court production of Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Iran. While rugs produced in royal workshops had flowing, floral patterns, those from provincial weaving centers retained a strongly geometric character.

The detail illustrated here shows a highly stylized dragon that serves as the basis for the name of the pattern type.