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Afghanistan Carpets & Oriental Rugs - History

Known as the home of the original oriental carpet,  Afghanistan the oldest and once most powerful empire in the Middle East, stood at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations. Under the Safavid Dynasty (1502-1736),  Afghanistan attained its artistic height. Court weaving, together with the arts of calligraphy, miniature painting, and tile work, flourished to exceptional heights. This brilliant era witnessed the development of highly qualified carpet factories in the cities of Kerman, Isfahan, Kashan, Tabriz, and Herat. Afghanistan is the genesis of most motifs, patterns and traditional colorations produced in rugs throughout the world today. Over the centuries, Khursan Todays Afghanistan carpets have become treasured heirlooms passed on from one generation to the next. 

Khursan carpet exports began in the 16th century. Starting in the 1850s, American, English and German firms established new factories in Mashed, Tabriz, Kerman, and Sultanabad (now Arak), thereby ensuring the art form's continued development.

Khursan carpets and rugs have always been and still are an intrinsic part of Afghani culture and its people's daily lives. Indeed, carpets and rugs are in many cases the most valued possessions, and they are an integral part of an Afghani home. Thus, it is not surprising that current production levels throughout Afghani equal those reached prior to the Islamic Revolution of 1979. In fact, rugs are now even produced in areas where weaving was heretofore not practiced. Furthermore, Afghani carpets continue to boast very high quality standards and command a very brisk interest in domestic and international markets. While large city workshops were an important factor in the past, much of today's production is fashioned along cottage industry lines in smaller villages and towns.

Afghani carpets are traditionally known for their tremendous variety in design, color, size, and weave.   Moreover, they are known for the uniqueness of each and every rug produced. Rugs are generally named after the village, town or district where they are woven or collected, or by the weaving tribe in the case of nomadic pieces. Each rug's particular pattern, palette, and weave are uniquely linked with the indigenous culture, and weaving techniques are specific to an identifiable geographic area or nomadic tribe.

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( An authentic oriental rug is a handmade carpet that is either knotted with pile or woven )

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Caucasian Rugs
We start with the Caucasus.
This area is located between
the Black Sea, the Caspian
Sea and lakes Van and Urmia.....
Persian Rugs
Persian Rugs have been around
for many centuries and they have
been considered a form of art......
Kilim Rugs
As Kilim are much less durable
then Rugs that have a pile to
protect the Warps & weft........
Indian Rugs

It is amazing that these beautiful, yet functional,works of art are still woven today using the same materials......

Turkish Rugs

Although no one knows presicely when and where the technique of weaving first started, There is  ...........

Turkomen Rugs
Serious research into the weaving culture of the Turkmen's must, of course, encompass more..........
E Turkestan Rugs

Prior to the Chinese occupation in 1878, the area in western China above Tibet was called............

Chinese Rugs

Although historians have not been able to pinpoint exactly when knotted rugs were first made.......

Tibetan Thangkas

Tibetan rugs and antiques cannot be properly introduced without a brief discussion of the...........

Afghan Chobi Rugs
The word "Chobi" refers to rugs and carpets that were made in Afghanistan and Pakistan.........
Khal Mohammadi Rugs
One of my favorite productions from the Afghan Refugee camps in Pakistan is called Khal Mohammadi........
Baluch Rugs

A nomadic tribe living in Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Baluch weave many types of small rugs..........

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