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



A broad and open panel forms the mihrab of this rare prayer rug that probably dates 1675-1725. The spandrels above the red arch contain design elements found in Transylvanian carpets. Many of these were woven in west or southwest Anatolia and exported to Saxon Protestants in Transylvania for use as commemorative donations in their parish churches. The border is a series of typical Ottoman tulips with leaves on a diagonal stem that is found mainly in carpets known as Ladik. But this carpet uses black wefts and has a flexible handle, like a cloth. Ladik weaving is usually slightly stiffer, with moderately displaced warps and with red or undyed brown wool wefts. And the format of Ladik carpets tends to be taller and narrower than this one which is more square in proportion.

Dennis Dodds Collection