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 "Historical Mamluk carpets and rugs" main page


Mamluk Carpet fragment, late 15th century. The Textile Museum R16.3.1. Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1925. (complete at bottom) 387 x 277 cm, incomplete

Mamluk carpets are characterized by intense play with pattern, form, and color, a fascination that is also apparent in the ornamentation of Mamluk architecture.
Here, a seemingly endless variety of patterns relies upon horizontal and vertical reflections of an asymmetrical fundamental region.

Sometimes a border is treated as a plane, with designs repeated to form field patterns. Otherwise rare among Oriental carpets, this unusual feature is typical of Mamluk carpets from the late 15th century.