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
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Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs

Weaving and Finishing Steps

Galleries of ARFP Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs



AH 1323 (1905 AD) dated Kuba "Zejwa" rug, Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan, 308 X 123 cm

The midnight-blue central field comprises a vertical row of five sunburst medallions in alternating colours. Hook-embellished hexagons with projections on either side form the inside designs of these medallions. The entire space in between is filled with minor ornaments like cross-hooks, octagons, hexagon and squares, diamonds, animals etc. According to L. Kerimov, this complex medallion (gol) is characteristic of Alikhanly.

The main border on a light ground consists of a simple row of octagons inscribed with diamonds with their corners cut. The changing colour of the diamonds makes the whole appearance much more lively.

Warp: Wool, Z3S, beige and brown (2X + 1 X, and also 1X+ 2 X).
Weft: Wool, Z2, ivory, 2 wefts: 1st almost straight, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2, Pile Height:3.5mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 3, \, 60 , H50xV30 = 1,500 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velours, almost thin, lightly ribbed,
Upper End: c. 1 cm dark blue simple tapestry weave, then c. 2.5 cm fringes braided diagonally in groups (4 rows); fringes emerge top front.
Lower End: Like upper end, but 3 cm (5 rows) woven
Selvedge: c. 1 cm dark blue wool shirazi around 2 ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads.
Remarks: The Alikhanly pattern is very closely related to the pattern of many carpets from Daghestan. The difference is primarily a matter of technique. As a rule, carpets from Daghestan have only one weft after each row of knots, whereas those from Kuba always have two. Literature: L Kerimov II, colour ill. 24.

published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs", plate no: 22