Antique Afghan Rugs
An essential aspect of Afghan culture and history, antique Afghan rugs resonate with a fascinating ethnic diversity composed of aesthetic influences from Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Like the country of Afghanistan, genuine Afghan rugs reflect a history rich in colorful empires and dynasties, as well as beautiful nomadic and tribal art styles.
The majority of rugs included in our antique Afghan rugs online collection resemble tribal weaving colors and designs common to Central Asia. Even today, Afghan rug weavers continue creating these remarkable works of art in their tents on portable looms. Using hand-spun, vegetable-dyed Afghan wool and intricate Persian knots, Afghan rug makers have always incorporated different pile qualities in their carpets, such as medium and coarse weaves, non-pile, flat rugs (kilims) and various knotted rugs using cotton, silk or wool materials.
Afghan Baluch Rugs
Baluch rugs represent a distinct phenomenon in the history of vintage Oriental rugs because they express an extraordinary range of intriguing styles blending Persian, Caucasian and Turkish influences. The area called Baluchistan today is located on either side of the Pakistan-Iran border, although Baluchistan used to be a semi-independent country unified by its own Baluch language. Historically, Afghan’s primary rug-weaving region existed near the border of Afghanistan and Iran, which gave rise to the diverse styles seen in antique Afghan rugs. Defined by tree of life motifs and coarsely woven structures, antique Afghan Baluch rugs are revered for their stunning color combinations and remarkable wool quality.
Turkoman (Turkmen) Rugs
Also included in our Afghan rug collection online gallery are 100 percent wool Turkoman rugs presenting fascinating cultural references to Central Asian tribes. Woven to accommodate the tent openings and floors of nomadic tribes, antique Turkmen rugs exhibit rich shades of red, brown, black and indigo as well as motifs and geometric designs called guls. Most guls are octagonal in shape but vary in dimension within individual rugs. Turkomen designs common to rugs made by the Hatchili tribes involve crosses dividing the rug into quadrants featuring similar patterns. Patterns called ensi seen on Afghan door rugs have less prominent crosses, incorporate bird motifs (kush) and never make use of guls.
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