Soumak Tapestries by Joanna Gleason:

Soumak weaving is a very old form of finger weaving first done by the Persians hundreds of years ago. It is a series of knots (the weft) which completely cover a warp. There are no shuttles or harnesses or any sort of tool, only your fingers working to cover a streched warp. Some of these tapestries are DMC floss on a cotton warp, and the others are all handcarded, hand dyed, handspun yarn from our own wool (also on a cotton warp). The wool tapestries have a hand felted mat which is also of our wool. Most of these works have been exhibited in regional fiber shows and some are for sale. If you have any questions you can e-mail them to Joanna & Keith Gleason at

Golden Eye of the Sun
Golden Eye of the Sun

My Garden

Soumak Boxes

Sam's Garden

Mountain Spruce

For further reading about this ancient form of weaving please visit the following links:

Soumak and Kelim Weaving of the Caucasus

Basic Tribal and Village Weaves by Marla Mallett
(showing and explaining weave structures)

Caucasian Azerbaijan rugs
Pages on these topics:
Carpet Weaving Regions of Azerbaijan (with a detailed map of each region)
Carpet Weaving Provinces (map)
Your Guide to Oriental Rugs (learn about rug terminology, density of knots, rug dyes, the difference
between handmade and machine made rugs, designs, oriental rug symbols)
Oriental Rugs Glossary
The Treasure of Forgotten Weavings ... by Vugar R. Dadash

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