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

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Antique Caucasian Shirvan "Akstafa" prayer rug, the floating faceted niche arch rises above the lozenge lattice field with many small flowering plants in the spaces, Southern Shirvan Region, Salyan (Saliani) District, Azerbaijan. 6'.5"x2'.9" (196x84 cm). H. Manoyan Collection