Woollen Carpets

We are showing you in the attached video some of our hand made woollen carpets which are currently being produced in the villages in the various regions of Azerbaijan. If you look carefully at the video you will see there are two female artesans working on this particular carpet.

At the top of the screen you will see the different natural coloured balls of wool from which the carpets are made.

You will see the woollen loom right in front of the women who are working quickly to keep up the pace of production.

You will see that they have placed the pattern from which they are copying and formulating the design on the loom at eye level in front of them, so that they can easily assess and implement the next steps in the production of the carpet.

You will see the design which is shown on the pattern appearing on the face of the carpet which is under production

On the sound track you will hear the clicking as they knot each stitch into place.

The speed of production is paced to suit them, that they can easily achieve it without making any mistakes, but it is not slow, and neither artesan can afford to not concentrate and keep up the rythm and momentum of the production.

Once the carpet is completed it is sent on to the next phase of production.

Hand Made Silver Jewellery From Dagestan

Hand Crafted Silver Jewellery

Handmadegoods.org have sourced a range of hand-made silver jewellery, which is traditionally crafted by artesans in the Kabuchi area of Dagestan, in the Caucasus mountains of Russia.

We offer various traditional designs of a range of jewellery such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, which we sell individually or in sets some of which are decorated with inlaid natural stones. 

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The Rich History of the Kubachi Region of Dagestan

The Kubachi Region of Dagestan is world famous as a centre of excellence for hand-made silver jewellery making, a tradition which has perpetuated there for more than a thousand years. Kabuchi is in Dagestan, a Region in the South of Russia, and has long been famed for its expert craftsmen who could produce beautiful and effective swords, armour, jugs, and cooking utensils, goblets, and a wide variety of superb silver jewellery pieces. Centuries ago this area was  already famous amongst Arab buyers who would trade with the craftsmen in the area for beautiful hand-made weapons, chain mail and jewellery. The name Kubachi means ¨The place of chain mail masters¨.

The Artesans in Kubachi

The jewellery is hand-crafted by individual artesans in the town and the surrounding villages, where they apply their skills to earn money to keep their families and to help to support other local activities such as farming. The silver is mined in Russia, and transported to the mountain region where it is then hand crafted and refined by these skilled artesans. The skills of the artesan have been passed down from father to son over many generations, and their secrets are closely guarded.

Trade with the Kubachi area of Dagestan

We are able to offer this traditional hand-made jewellery as part of our  range of hand-made and natural products brought to you from the lands of the Silk Way, as a result of our unique contacts with the artesans in Kubachi. There are many cheaper silver brands on offer from many other sources but none with the same level of craftsmanship and presenting traditional designs, which are unique to that area, and to these artesans.

Such items of jewellery are the future family heirlooms as a result of their special workmanship and unique designs.

Midiya offers hand made carpet from Azerbaijan


Midiya is a company partially owned in Azerbaijan and which sources hand made carpet from Azerbaijan and the ancient lands of Media, formerly Azerbaijan and now in present day Iran, which are made by artesans using time tested traditional methods from natural wool and silk, and offers these throughout the world. We provide a certificate of origin for each carpet or rug (Soumak) so that you know that you have an authentic Azeri hand made article, and that it is not one which was mass produced in another country and presented as being authentic from Azerbaijan, but is not.

The Areas of Azerbaijan where Hand Made Carpet is produced

There are several areas of Azerbaijan which produce hand made carpet, and these are Baku, Quba, Sheki, Shirvan, Tabriz, Qarabah, Genja, and Qazakh. Each area or region has its own traditional manufacture techniques, and its own traditional patterns and colours which are distinct, and the source of a particular piece can be identified from this.

The Colours Traditionally Used in Azeri Hand Made Carpet

There is a palette of colours which are traditionally used in the making of Azeri hand made carpet, which are mainly red, blue, green, yellow and cream. The colour Turqoise is also used in carpets made in the previously Azeri lands now in Iran. Natural dyes are used to make the colours used, and can include such elements as onion in the colour tint yellow, and walnut in the colour tint brown.

The Patterns Used in Traditional Hand Made Carpet and Rugs.

The patterns used in tradional carpet making usually depict simple scenes from every day life, as seen by the artesans themselves when making the carpet, such as a flock of sheep on the hillside, or horses grazing, flowers  and birds. Some of the traditional symbols used have been passed down through the generations from ancient times.

Hand made Woollen Carpet

Hand made woollen carpet is made in the hills of Azerbaijan by artesans who have created these products through the generations. The traditional skills needed to make these carpets are passed down by families to their children and grandchildren, who continue to make these high quality products, which are in wide demand.

Because the carpets are made by hand, using natural materials, they are in relatively scarce supply compared with machine made products which are mass produced using modern machinery and synthetic fabrics.

Sheep are sheared twice per year, in Springtime and Autumn, and the wool sheared in Springtime is softer and lighter than that sheared in the Autumn.

Lambs wool absorbs only natural dyes, whereas sheeps wool can also absorb synthetic colouring. Lambs wool carpets therefore have the same limited colour palette of red, blue, yellow and brown.

Hand made silk carpet

Hand made silk carpet is made in the area of Sheki in Azerbaijan, which is the only area of Azerbaijan which produces silk carpet. Descendants of the same families populate the villages in the hills, and these people use the natural materials in order to make the silk carpet which is distinctive to this area by its design, pattern and colouring.

Density of the Carpet or Soumak

The density of the carpet can vary from low density which is 25 x 25 knots per square decimetre, up to high density 45 x 45 knots per square decimetre. It is possible to even achieve up to 60 x 60 knots per square decimetre, although this is now very rare and the sort of quality which you might find in  Sultan´s Palace. The density of the piece will relate to the price of the item, lower density pieces being of lower value, than higher density pieces. However lower density pieces also appreciate in value as can be seen by some ancient items which are of low density, but still command a high value.


From the above information you will see that you can confidently invest in a Carpet or Soumak from Azerbaijan (Or Iran), because you will receive a certificate of authenticity from Midiya, which identifies the region in which the carpet or Soumak was made and its density. Such pieces are an investment for you and your family and will appreciate in value through the years, as well as providing pleasure when viewed and used day by day.

We invite you to review the available designs, and choose a Carpet or Soumak, which suits your preferences and place an order with us for your chosen piece. Please bear in mind that these are hand made articles and that the delivery time may be around 2 months, but we assure you that your selected article will be well worth the wait.

Midiya – Hand Made Woollen and Silk Carpets from Azerbaijan

Welcome to Midiya, a company from the ancient land of the Silk Road, from where we bring to you hand made quality carpets from along the Silk Way.

Our Origins

We started our company by sourcing hand made goods from along the ancient Silk Way route, so as to bring to you by efficient modern means of transport.

The goods we have selected to present to you are all quality products, made in the traditional way as handed down from generation to generation by the artesans from the lands where these carpets have been made for centuries.

The carpets we offer to you have been sourced from different communities, where the artisans live, and have lived through the generations, and using traditional methods and techniques which are still used today. In particular the wollen carpets are sourced from small artisan workshops in Azerbaijan in the area of Sheki.

 Other Silk carpets are sourced from modern day Iran, which many years ago was part of Azerbaijan, and the whole area was known as the lands of Media, as described in the Bible, from which we derived the name of the company.

What We Offer That is Different

Modern day materials often have synthetic content and are mass produced to gain economies of scale and manufacture, and offer many benefits for certain purposes.

At Midiya, we believe there is a place for both the benefits of modern day fabrics, as well as a place for the traditional hand crafted products which we offer to you. We look on them in the same was as pieces of art because they bring the character of the artisan and his or her craftsmanship as well as the look and feel and colours and textures of natural materials into your home.

We believe there is a place for such works of art on the walls and surfaces of the discerning modern home.

The Aim of Midiya

Our aim is to select the best hand crafted products and to offer these to you as art works, which you can keep to enjoy and gift them through your family and friends as the years go by.

If you have a particular theme or event in mind, we can even offer to produce a hand crafted design to suit your particular requirements. You can communicate this to us through a hand produced sketch design, or a photograph. Obviously to produce a bespoke themed design takes a number of weeks depending upon the size of the piece and the complexity of the work involved.

If you have any questions, or need help in your selection, or advice which product to choose, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to help you out.

Best wishes,