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



Shirvan carpet with superimposed medallions, possibly Kurdamir Region.
19th century. Private collection

The numerous carpets from the region of Shirvan, in the middle-eastern Caucasus, come in a variety of decorations and may be classified into three types of layout. The first type is a superimposed-medallion layout with medallions of different geometric shapes. The type represented here has an unusual design: Large hexagonal medallions with stepped profiles are linked to each other and enclosed on each of the short sides by two red panels with serrated edges; the panels, in turn, are filled with stylized human and animal figures, which also embellish the dark ground of the field. Note the borders, especially one filled with superimposed arrowheads.

published at Enza Milanesi's "The Carpet"