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Size: 292 X 154 cm
Afghanistan have a variety of rugs in their collection 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.
An Afghan rug may be one of a few different styles of rug, but most commonly, the
term refers to either the Bokhara print or the more contemporary Afghan war rug.
Most Afghan rugs are referred to by their region of origin or by the name of the tribe
that makes them. 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 region.
This one is woven with very good quality wool and is very hard wearing as well as being
decorative and beautiful. They usually are a shade of red in colour and have geometric
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