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, Transitional type, late 18th/early 19th century, Azerbaijan.

Turk ve Islam Eserleri Museum, Istanbul. Acquired 9 April 1915. Inv. no. 141 (3061) from Mosque of Murad Pasha at Erzurum, 160 x 226 cm


Red ground. Two large white lozenges, one cut by the border, contain red eight-pointed stars with large blue palmettes filled with dark blue and red elements. Diagonal yellow cartouches fill the empty spaces and corners. All motifs are outlined in brown. A sequence of white, red, purple and light green cartouches contain white or red angular S-shapes and are joined by hooked red and green octagons with green and pink rosettes.


Warps: Z2S wool, ivory
Weft: Z2S wool, ivory, three shoots
Knots: symmetrical, 30 H x 30 V = 900 / per square dm
Pile: wool, coarse, loosely twisted and cut short
Colours: red, pink, purple, light and dark blue, yellow, brown and ivory

Yetkin, Serare, Early Caucasian Carpets in Turkey, Vol. I, London, 1978, pl. 39.