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
Antique Caucasian Soumak rug, "Konagkend" design, Eastern Azerbaijan
19th century, 7'10"
X 6'2" [m. 2.42 X 1.90]
In each of the
lozenges are two signs, one rather like the Chinese shou and the other
similar to the sign for
Soumak rugs take
their name either from the town of Shemakha or from the weaving technique.
They are woven in practically all districts of the Caucasus, in a flat chain
stitch that encircles two threads of weft at once and nestles on the
diagonal against the next knot. The ends at the back hang loose and long, so
the group is easy to recognize. From the front a Soumak looks like a