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 Caucasian fragmentary rug with "Afshan" repeat pattern, late 18th c., (Kuba or Baku) Azerbaijan. C. Ellis attributes it to Karabagh.
Textile Museum 1970.14.1. Size: 249 x 371 cm (8'2" x 12'2").
Published Charles Grant Ellis "Early Caucasian rugs" plate 28

compare it to Sotheby's Caucasian Blossom carpet and the other Textile Museum Afshan rug fragment