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
Size (metric): 117x162cm
Size (ft)): 3'10"x5'3"
Density: 175 000 knots per square meter, totally ~ 330 000 knots
Weaving period: 3 months
Colors: madder red, old gold yellow, yellow, medium green (slightly variegated), old purple/mauve, midnight bluewoad), Persian blue, natural ivory (undyed), natural dark brown (undyed)
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), woad and indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool - all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: all wool, handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wool wefts
Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork
Weavers name: Arzu
Handwoven in Azerbaijan
Design: A mihrab/niche have been woven into the ivory ground on top and bottom. On the central vertical axis, we see two octagons/göls which are surronded by four fabulous birds and four rams horns (three rams horns around the bottom one). Four stylized birds below the niche may represent the legendary Simurgh (ancient Iranian benevolent, mythical flying creature).
Inside the spandrels (mihrabs), we see numerious tribal elements and animal figures.
The main border carries grape leaf or crab (harshang) pattern. Dated and signed (woven). The narrower border contains diagonal striped "Pakhlava" (National Azeri layered pastry with walnut filling) motif.
Simurgh (ancient Iranian benevolent, mythical flying creature) depicted in Zakarīyā al-Qazwīnī's "Ajā’ib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharā’ib al-mawjūdāt" (Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing) book. XIII (13th) century
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