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



Antique Kuba rug, late 19th century, Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

19th century, 4'2" x 4'4" [cm. 130 X 134]
Warp: wool
Weft: wool, two shoots after each row of knots
Knotting: Ghiordes, wool, 110 knots per square inch (1750 per dm.2]

In contrast to the preceding piece, this one illustrates how a weaver's individuality shapes and modifies a design according to his or her own personality. This example is crisp and modern compared with its neighbor, and indeed it was woven more recently.

Throughout this rug the shapes are clean and regular. The octagons are each enclosed in a separate rectangle. Bright colors—red, yellow, green, blue, and white—on the dark blue background accentuate the rug's fine condition and the clarity of the design.

published at Luciano Coen & Louise Duncan's The Oriental Rug
Lit: Luciano Coen & Louise Duncan's The Oriental Rug, plate 63