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



An early Kuba Namazlyg rug in a double-niche format, mid-19th century, Southern Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

Compare it to Ralph Kaffel's early Kuba prayer rug

The relatively large-scale main border was originally brown and white with occasional small bright red devices. The brown has largely disappeared due to corrosion and the white now exerts a subtle, but marked relief effect against the visible structural threads.

The slight asymmetry of the drawing of the two niches adds interest.

The color choice for the lattice devices brings life to the palette of this rug. This effect is even better seen in the previous image that shows both niches.

Information and picture from R. JOHN HOWE: TEXTILES AND TEXT