About the Antique Rugs of the Future Project
Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan
Shearing, 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
AH 1325 (1907 AD) dated Shirvan Medallion Gubpa rug, Southern Shirvan Region, North East Azerbaijan.
Five concentric, stepped hexagonal medallions descend the vertical axis of
the midnight-blue field. At the upper and lower ends, palmette projections
called kubpa or bashlyk appear, which are further transformed into red,
flame-like forms. It is precisely this flame-like ornamentation that is
characteristic of Arjiman. L. Kerimov reports that the fire-worshipper
(Zoroastrian) called kubpa or bashlyk "faruhar", and that this was one of
the main symbols of their religion. According to this religion - and
Azerbaijan was one of the main centres of fire-temples - the human soul
finds eternal rest in heaven after the body's death. Only on the 1st, 3rd,
7th and 40th day and on the anniversary of death does the soul descend to
earth, to its former habitation.
Warps: Wool, Z3 S, ivory and beige.