Central Asian Rugs

See our collection of nomadic antique Central Asian rugs

Antique Central Asian Rugs are known for featuring more primitive nomadic designs that have Uzbek, Karakalpak, Kirghiz and Turkoman origins. The nomadic styles approach to the patterns in Central Asian rugs and carpets are extremely coveted and sought out by antique area rug collectors. Due to the area’s technical limitations, the largest number these captivating area rugs were flat woven and many incorporate felt while still staying true to their abstract rug design motifs. In addition, a good number of these rugs are embroidered, carded felt or woven.

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Central Asian rugs are also beautiful pieces that have been celebrated by antique rug collectors for centuries. These pieces are part of a unique grouping of tribal antique rugs because they may take any number of primitive motifs from Uzbek, Karakalpak, and Kirghiz groups and arrange them around the traditional colors and point of contrast. As such, while each Central Asian rug is unique in its presentation, the strong use of outlines and motifs results in a very recognizable series of patterns that add further intrigue and necessary dynamism to the Oriental rug. This effect can be observed around the borders and central field of the rug itself.

Because these Central Asian carpets follow such classic traditional rug motifs and elements, many of the color choices are also fairly consistent and chosen carefully to represent the region as a whole. As such, many rich reds and vibrant earth tones are chosen to work with each other. Though volcanic palettes are not used as often, it is not uncommon to see them every now and then, especially when the right amount of contrast is applied to the appropriate landmarks within the larger rug. Lighter tones are also used to draw more attention to the darker sections as they are outlined by the geometric motifs within.

Depending on the detailing of the tribal rug itself, it can be a good idea to apply it as a primary decoration in the room. Simpler rugs that rely on fewer lines and foreground motifs may be better set with more minimalist environments. Because these Central Asian rugs usually do not emphasize pile or texture as often, decorators may not need to arrange them in a way where the texture draws attention to the motifs. Like many other such active antique rugs, however, it is a good idea to use them in a way that will allow individuals to focus on the connections between the rugs and the interior design.

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Below you can view the current selection of antique area rugs from Central Asia:

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