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


Beautiful example of antique Kuba Zejwa Rug. Northeast Caucasus, Kuba area, Azerbaijan
Circa 1850, 132 x 101 cm (44 x 34). Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation

The characteristic sunburst motif of this rare single medallion Zejwa rug is flanked by a pair of large cartouches containing hooked elements, and framed by an unusual Cloudband-type border. The careful rendition of the design clearly indicates its derivation from seventeenth century Caucasian silk embroideries. The primitive feeling of the rug together with the refined choice of palette clearly separates this piece from the plethora of east Caucasian sunburst design weavings of the latter part of the nineteenth century.

Alberto Levi Gallery
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles