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



XVIII century Şarkışla (Sivas Province) village rug, published Orient Stars. A carpet collection Hardcover by Heinrich Kirchheim, plate 214


Notes from M. Mallett's website: A rug in the Kircheim collection (Orient Stars, Plate 214) from the Sarkisla area southwest of Sivas in eastern Turkey has offset knotting throughout nearly the entire field. The borders were done with normal, vertically aligned knotting. The steep, smooth diagonals and somewhat corrupted kilim patterning are typical of the rugs in this group -- most of which are thought to be from the 18th and 19th centuries. A piece with quite similar patterning appears in a HALI 117 advertisement of Milan dealer Moshe Tabibnia on p. 67, attributed to the 17th century.