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



Antique "Zejwa" rug, Northern Kuba or southern Dagthestan, North East Azerbaijan, Nazmiyal Collection, 8' x 13'. This is the only "Zejwa" example with seven medallions that I have seen so far.

A series of geometric medallions in ivory and red repeats across a dark blue ground. Within each of these is a smaller quatrefoil medallion spewing forth branches or vines rendered as latchhooks, with smaller stylized animals scattered across the remaining space. A series of borders enclose the field first an S-Dragon border, then a stylized vinescroll, and finally a double vinescroll or 'crab" border.