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
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Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs

Weaving and Finishing Steps

Galleries of ARFP Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs



Antique Kuba rug, Southern Hillside Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

Konakhkend district, Kuba (the district was dissolved in 1959) 260 214 X 128 cm
2nd half of the 19the century

A giant shield-medallion with three indentations is arranged on a dark brownish-red ground in such a way that it covers almost the entire central field. Octagons with hooks are woven into each of the four rectangles. The corners of the top and bottom rectangles are cut off towards the central field, resulting in hexagons. Botehs dominate the remaining dark-blue ground of the medallion, while stars appear in the red-ground field either on their own or woven into octagons.

The white-ground main border shows the mashaal or shamdan motif (torch or candelabra). Two minor borders with diagonal stripes flank the main border.

Warps: Wool, Z3 S, beige-brown (2 X ivory + 1X dark brown), but also 3 X beige.
Wefts: Wool + Cotton, Z2, ivory + white, 2 wefts: 1st tight, 2nd waved, on the sides occasionally 4 wefts.
Pile: Wool, Camel hair,Z2,Pile Height:2mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 2, /, 25 °, H 40, W 32 = c. 1,280 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velvet-like, thin, extremely lightly ribbed.
Upper End: 0.6 cm wool simple tapestry weave in blackish-brown and ivory.
Selvedge: 0.5 cm white cotton shirazi around 2 ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads extending 0.5-3 cm into the fabric. Remarks: This is an outstanding piece of good quality wool, skilful ornamentation and balanced proportions. The colour variations in the details are very effective.

Literature: L. Kerimov II, colour plate 25; U. Schürmann shows a piece that is entirely faded; lot: at., p. 279, No 105.
published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 54