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



Heinrich Kirchheim's “Orient Stars” Plate no: 213


Camel Ground with Blue-Black Border Corner Fragment
Anatolia 15th century
41 x91 cm

Symmetrically knotted with wool
warp and weft

While not enough of the rug remains to enable a reconstruction of the whole, this smallest fragment in the collection commands our attention.
There is no dazzling display of beautiful colours. The ragged pal-mette border - not a particularly rare type - contains most of what can be seen of the design. The only recognisable field design is a corner section, also not unfamiliar. We have a quietly understated, tranquil fragment which carries tremendous strength and presence; perhaps the most compelling reflection this fragment brings in the certainty that the whole must have been truly astounding.

The beige exemplifies what I believe to be the quality of early colour, the dye being fully saturated, the colour soft and clear, yet very strong.


Lit: Heinrich Kirchheim's “Orient Stars” Plate no: 213