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 carpet, Southern Lowland Kuba Region, Shahnazarli-Karagashli Area, Devechi District, Azerbaijan
154 x 267 cm. Siawosch Azadi "Azerbaijani - Caucasian Rugs". Plate no: 32

The midnight blue center field shows four vertically aligned medallions with appendages at the top and bottom (bashlyk). Four white cross palmettes, typical of Karagashli, are arranged around each medallion. Octagons and sqaures, rosettes and animal figures complete the ornamentation of the central field.

According L. Kerimov, the main border on a brownish orange ground, known as the "wedge hook" is called burug (twisted up) in Kuba. Two minor borders flank the main border on each side; the star blossom pair on a midnight-blue ground is dominant.

Warps: Wool, Z3S, ivory
Wefts: Cotton, Z2, white, 2 wefts: 1st tight, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2, pile height: 2.5 mm.
Knots: Symmetrical (Turkic), H 50 W 30, 1500 knots / dm2
Handle: Velvety, thin, lightly ribbed

Selvedge: 0.8 cm blue, knotted in figure of eight wrapping aound 2 ribs with supplemental threads
Colours: 8, brownish-red, brownish orange, yellow, reddish brown, blackish brown, blue, olive, ivory