About the Antique Rugs of the Future Project
Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan
Shearing, 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
Quba Ağgül Gollu Çiçi xalçası / Kuba Gollu Chichi rug
Size (metric): 150x206cm
Size (ft): 4'11"x6'9"
Area: 3.09 m2
Density: 180 000 knots per square meter, totally ~550 000 knots
Weaving period: 3 months
Colors (10): madder red, medium blue, cornflower blue, midnight blue, dark goldenrod yellow, light yellow, variegated light green, variegated forest green, natural ivory, natural brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool - all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and cotton wefts
Handwoven in Azerbaijan, dated 1436 (2015)
Weaver's name: Khayalah
Design: The ivory central field displays three sequences of the cross-beam-flower motif which is called khatai. Khata is the ancient term for Eastern Turkestan; khatai stands for the pattern from this region. The forest green ground ivory kufic border (called Shami in Azerbaijan) is in-between the "running water", "pakhlava" and "stars" minor borders, outer reciprocal skittle-pattern (arrow head motif "mollabashi") and barber-pole stripes
"Old madam and young couple" (fragment), from "Kalila wa Dimna"* (for more information see at the bottom of the page), manuscript folio. 1330-1340, Ilkhanid Period, Tabriz school. Location: Central Library of Istanbul University. A carpet with a pseudo-kufic border is depicted here.
A rug with the Kufic motif main border depicted in "Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints" (detail), c. 1483, by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Tempera on wood. see the image of the full paining
an illusturation showing the connection of the so called "apple-flower" motif of this Gollu Chichi to the small pattern "Holbein" medallion in this XV century Turkish rug from the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar
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* The Kalila wa Dimna, animal tales known in the West through Les Fables of La Fontaine, can be traced to 4th-century India. Written for the edification and amusement of princes and magistrates, they were very popular in the East. The witty dialogue of the animal characters, led by two scheming jackals called Kalila and Dimna, reveal a Machiavellian code of behavior and mirror a real world of intrigue, diplomacy, and statecraft. Though the tales have been illustrated numerous times, it was in the 14th-century Mongol court of Iran that they inspired one of the most remarkable works of Persian and Azerbaiani art--a narrative cycle of paintings now in the collections of the Istanbul University Library. The paintings, which match the text in wit, spirit, and drama, are unsurpassed in their beauty and vigorous style.
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