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


Back To Medieval Period (476-1453) Carpets



The 'Chessboard' carpet. Central Asia (Samarqand?), late 14th - early 15th century. Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

This rare carpet is in a good condition. The design comprises a border with a knot design, and the field (centre) is a repeating scroll pattern based on the design of silk textiles of the 14th century. The ‘chessboard’ design suggests it was used to play chess or another game of the period. It was probably owned by a ruler.