Afghanistan Rugs – Afghanistan and the surrounding areas have a long and rich history in the world of antique rugs. The antique rugs from Afghanistan tend to be medium sized, or long and narrow which is inline with their more tribal and nomadic weavers who created them. They tend to be very tribal, feature more vibrant jewel tone rug colors and incorporate vegetable carpet dyes made from plants and other natural resources. Although they come in many patterns, the most common one tends to be the Bokara design rugs, which consists of octagonal, wreath-like shapes lined up in rows and grids.
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Perhaps the most striking type of Afghan rugs are the Bashir or Shindand (or Adraskan), which are exemplified by abstract, warped depictions of humans and animals. Shindands / Adraskans share their name with two towns from the Herat Province in western Afghanistan where they are made. Despite their humble origins, Afghanistan rugs have won international acclaim.
Many different ethnic groups have been weaving rugs in Afghanistan but in recent years, the chief producers are Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, and Turkmen. However, Baluch rugs, another seminal Afghanistan creation, come primarily from the Baloch people who inhabit the south west portion of the country.
Afghanistan made Baluch rugs are extremely varied, featuring more tribal rug designs that involve repeated motifs or shapes. They are also known for weaving a large number of Islamic prayer rugs.
Nevertheless, carpet weavers do not limit their craft to floor coverings and floor coverings only. They also fashion other important goods utilized by nomads such as tent bags, ceremonial regalia, and other general fabrics.
Another interesting subset of the rugs woven in Afghanistan are their production of Afghan war rugs. These fascinating woven historical accounts depict the turmoil that this war torn region has suffered.
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