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



1274 AH (1855 AD) dated Kuba prayer rug, late 19th century, Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

Shirvan prayer rug
Mideastern Caucasus, dated 1855 Venice, Rascid Rahaim Collection

This type comprises a good number of prayer rugs with a dark (blue or brown) or light (ivory or white) ground, embellished with small flowerlike elements arranged in an endless array inside hexagonal grids; the mihrab arch is superimposed on this design and can be square, five-sided or pointed. In this carpet, the mihrab arch is actually the inside border, which has a white ground and is filled with a flowering vine that even extends into the field. Above the arch, inside and on each side, are inscriptions, including the date.

Published at Enza Milanesi, "The Carpet"