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
Our Natural Dyestuffs
Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs
Weaving and Finishing Steps
Galleries of ARFP Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs
to "An Educational Guide to Antique Shirvan Prayer rugs" main page
Antique Shirvan Prayer rug, Shirvan Region, Azerbaijan.
This rare prayer rug was purchased by its present owners in the 1980s from a
small antique shop in New England - fostering renewed hope that great pieces
may yet be found in unconventional venues (although the days of Star Kazaks
being discovered at flea markets by torchlight in the early morning hours
have receded into myth). The chevron pattern is very unusual, and the vivid
colours in the rug combine to create an effect of mobility and cheeriness.
The V-shaped 'base' of the field uses only three colours (red, dark blue and
ivory); in concert with the polychrome field this creates an effect of depth
and the illusion of a third dimension.
published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer rug, plate 40