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


A fine example of antique Kuba Alikhanly Zejwa rug, from spongobongo.com

Sunburst Zejwa Rug, Caucasus, 19th Century. 3 foot 4 inches by 4 foot 6 inch.

Structure: Symmetrical. 8 knots per horizontal inch and 9 knots per vertical inch. 72 per square inch (1116 per square decimeter). Depressed.

Yarn Spin: Z.

Warp: ivory wool

Weft: 2 shots ivory wool

Pile: 2 Wool singles.

Ends: Bottom remains of knotted fringe end finish, Top warp fringe.

Selvages: 3 cord blue wool.

A very similar fine piece can be seen at Metropolitan Carpets: