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Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan

Sorting, Washing, Carding, Spinning

"The advantages of handspun yarn to machine spun yarn"

Rediscovery of Ancient Natural Dyes
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Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs

Weaving and Finishing Steps

Galleries of ARFP Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs





Lambali (so called Lambalo) Prayer  rug, (inspired by Ian Bennet's Antique Kazak Frog rug) with natural ivory field in a wine glass and leaf (or leaf and calyx) border
Size (metric): 129x148cm
Size (ft): 4'2"x4'10"
Area: 1.9 m2
Density: 106 000 knots per square meter, totally 200 000 knots
Weaving period: three months
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, onion skins (wefts), natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool

Colors: red, navy blue, medium blue, maroon, yellow, green, ivory, brown.
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, wool warps and madder dyed red wefts

Inscriptions: 1437 (=2016 weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar and Kipchak tribes

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

The single large medallion in the central field is called "Gurbagha" in Borchali Region. "Gurbagha" means a "frog" in Azerbaijani Turkish language. The design is related to Lori Pambak rugs and should be considered as archetype of the Lori Pambak rugs. The antique rugs with this design are extemely rare and expensive. There are only a few examples are known. The pictures can be viewed here.

Read more about the history of the Lambali rugs here

So called "Leaf and calyx" border on a Turkish rug
Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen "Mary Magdalene", 1519


The central medallon of archaic form


Contact us for more information about this rug






Contact us for more information about this rug


For more information about the above rug or to place an order please email vd@azerbaijanrugs.com (Baku, Azerbaijan) or ra@azerbaijanrugs.com  (San Francisco Bay Area). We will get back to you within 24 hours or less.