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Size : 145 cm x 105 cm
Origin : Afghan
Pile : 100% wool
Weave : Handwoven
Afghanistan manufactures a variety of rugs, some of which are quite famous
and their designs have been incorporated through other cultured influences,
some examples of these are Khal Mohammedi, Hachaloo (four gates of
paradise), Khunduz and the newly created Kargai rugs.
Their designs originated from Herat, in the Western part of Afghanistan,
where a history of over two thousand five hundred years and was once
occupied by Alexander the Great, and subsequently invaded by Mongols led
by Genghis Khan and then Tamerlan in the 13th century. Herat was
considered part of the Persian Empire, and the Persian influence in carpet
making in Herat is still seen.
Most Afghan rugs are referred to by their region of origin or by the name of
the tribe that makes them and they are primarily woven in the red colours. An
Afghan rug does not necessarily come from Afghanistan — some styles come
from regions of neighbouring Uzbekistan, and other Middle Eastern countries
have adopted the Afghani style in their own rug making. There are three major
types of Afghan rug, based on region or tribal affiliation: Afghan Turkestan,
Baluch, and Herati.
An Afghan rug from the border of Uzbekistan belongs to the Afghan Turkestan
family of rugs and may be from a number of different tribes. Khunduz rugs are
perhaps the most well known, with their very tight knots in the Persian style.
Andkhoy, Alti Bolaq, Sulayman, Maimana, Aq Shah, Barmazid, and Qarqeen
are other tribal groups that produce high-quality Afghan rugs in the Turkestan
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