About the Antique Rugs of the Future Project
Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan
Shearing, 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
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Antique Shirvan pictorial Prayer rug, Shirvan Region, Azerbaijan. second half 19th century. 124 X 180cm (4'11" x 5 '7")
'What a riot of imagination lies in this small prayer rug,' wrote Ulrich
Schurmann of a rug very similar to this one. In fact, both rugs belong to an
exclusive family of four rugs with strictly conforming designs, strongly
influenced by north Persian weaving. The field is dominated by a central
cypress tree and filled with fantastic animals - including elephants,
peacocks, lions and roosters - and human figures. The rugs in this small
group also share a predominantly blue palette and are of similar dimensions.
The peacocks are quite similar in design to those in some Caucasian animal
carpets. The theme of a mound and cypress tree motif flanked by peacocks
also occurs in certain types of nineteenth-century Persian prayer rugs, such
as Mosul, Malaver and Feraghan. The lion with the sword in the top border is
a symbol of imperial Persia (Iran).
published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer rug, the literature is from this book.