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



Yellow ground rug with Interlaced Rosettes. late XV century, Turkey. Current Location: Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst. inv. no: KGM 88, 29.

The glowing gold yellow field of this rug is filled by six staggered horizontal rows of red rosettes in the form of interlaced knots. At the centre of these are eight-pointed stars on alternating red, blue and green grounds. Unlike other carpets, the field here only superficially appears to offer a section of continuous pattern. Only at the upper edge does the border just cut off the next row of rosettes. At the sides are half-rosettes, while at the bottom edge can be seen short horizontal lines, less conspicuously present also at the upper edge, an unusual way of ending the pattern. These features do not do a great deal for its legibility, and other small details suggest an individual weaver working alone rather than a manufacturing process regulated down to the smallest detail. Similarities to the 'Holbein carpets' in the colour and the interlaced rosette motif suggest an western Turkish origin. An unusual quality in the colours, which already catch the eye in the field, is also evident in the narrow border, where the motif, a stylized blossom with flanking half-palmettes, alternating in orientation and varying in colour against the brilliant white ground, offers a powerful contrast and a decisive frame. It was probably these unusual optical qualities that attracted Wilhelm von Bode to this carpet, which he acquired in 1888, presumably in Italy, and later donated to the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin.

Date Created: 1450-1500
Physical Format: w114 x h158 cm
Medium: Wool


Darmstadt Madonna
1526 and after 1528
Oil on limewood, 146,5 x 102 cm
Schlossmuseum, Darmstadt

by Hans Holbein the Younger (b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London), a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style

Darmstadt Madonna by Hans Holbein the Younger, with donor portraits, on a Holbein Type III carpet.