Beautiful Collection of Antique Primitive Tribal Rugs

Antique Tribal rugs – From the Atlas Mountains area in Morocco to the rugged valleys of the Caucasus, area rug weavers have contributed untold numbers of primitive decorative rugs to the global marketplace. Those tribal weaving have a considerable following due to their graphic colors, cryptic symbols unbridled style, and unique carpet pattern. In many ways, antique they are the most pure and unique.

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Each “tribe” produces individual handicrafts and functional trappings that are decorated with personal symbols. There are countless carpet-producing tribes, and each has an individual style. Like village carpets, they tend to be smaller, more vibrant and bolder in their primitive design patterns and bright bold rug colors. Kurds, Azeri Turks and many other prominent weaving groups were expert weavers and wool color dyers who passed down their unique weaving traditions, designs and oriental rug patterns from generation to generation.

Antique rugs produced by nomadic tribes are mostly woven in wool and are distinctive and versatile. They don’t have the homogeneous look, classical appearance or elegance of Persian city carpets, yet they are highly decorative and useful for complementing modern, minimalist and rustic spaces. They are works of art that add a primitive yet pleasantly sophisticated and ancient yet modern. They are charming, alluring and filled with rich colors. Their world is exceptionally diverse and full of stylistic options that are ready to be discovered.

Tribal rugs, such as primitive Persian Gabbeh or Kurdish carpets and are woven by nomadic peoples who weave mainly on portable looms as they travel. Because of this, the rugs that are tribal are generally smaller than those rugs produced in large weaving centers like Tabriz or Arak (Sultanabad). They are also always one of a kind as the weaver constructs each rug individually and sells the finished product at market in order to buy more weaving supplies along with the necessary materials needed to survive. Also, they tend to be more geometric and have bolder colors than city rugs. Some of the great tribal rugs come from the Caucaucus and Turkey regions – such the Kazak rugs and the famed tribal Kilims productions of the late 19th century.

Antique Tribal Rugs: Culture and History

When it comes to home décor, the tribal trend is one of most enduring. With its emphasis on bold colors, eye-catching patterns and exotic motifs, tribal influenced interior design offers a great way to add an exotic touch to your home.

Whether you find the perfect tribal touch for your space while travelling in distant lands, or simply by clicking your mouse and shopping the increasing number of genuine tribal artifacts available online, a culture-rich tribal art object will imbue your home with a sense of worldliness and character.

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Antique Tribal Rugs in Interior Design

While many people admire tribal objects for their bold, primitive aesthetic, it’s important to know a bit about the culture the object originated in. Knowing the background of a tribal object’s originating culture adds a richness and context to its inclusion in your decor.

Nazmiyal Antique Carpets has an extensive collection of Tribal rugs and carpets available in our inventory from many different cultures. View our entire collection of Tribal rugs by clicking here, and read on to learn more about some of the different tribal rug producing cultures represented in our collection.

Moroccan Berber Tribal Rugs

While Moroccan rugs have become the “rug of choice” for many modern interior designers because of their chic minimalist and abstract designs, for the Berber tribes people who weave them, these rugs are as utilitarian as they are beautiful. Used for blankets and to protect from the cold in the harsh Atlas Mountain range, and as carpeting to protect from the dust and heat of the desert ground, these carpets are important to Berber tribes people’s way of life.

The tribal from from Morocco began to show up from as early as 622 AD. Young girls would watch their elder Berber women weaving. As time went on, these young ladies were taught their traditional familial design patterns, the specific weaving techniques as well as the and color ranges. Today, we reffer to all the Berber rugs as Beni Ourain which the collective name of all the 17 Berber Moroccan tribes.

In the 20th century, some of the vintage mid century Moroccan Berber carpets have been woven by Eastern tribes. Many of these folk art Moroccan rugs were gifted to “important” European families.

Antique Tribal Caucasian Rugs

For the 17th century (if not earlier), the Caucasus mountain region has been quite the hub of production. Many of the most collectible tribal design rugs were created in this general area.

Antique Tribal Persian Qashqai Rugs

The Qashqai is a collection of semi-nomadic peoples in the area of Iran made up of a number of tribes and sub-tribes including the Amele, Derre-Shuri / Dere-Shorlu, Kashkyoli, ShishBaluki/Shishbeyli, Farsimadan / Eymur, Qaracha, Rahimli and Safi -Khanli. Combining unique details with traditional family motifs, the rugs woven by these peoples are heavily ornamented.

Traditionally, the Qashqai people were nomadic farmers and sheep herders, who travelled from the highland pastures north of Shiraz in the summer to the southern low lands near the Persian gulf in the winter. Their rugs and carpets are highly coveted because of the remarkable softness of their sheep’s wool. In addition to rugs, the Qashqai tribes are also known for their woolen blankets.

Antique Tribal Turkish Rugs

Many different tribes and Ethnic groups make up the peoples who have historically lived in the area of modern Turkey, but they have the common trait of a long history of rug weaving and textile weaving. Turkish tribes people used rugs and textiles in the assembly of their tents and dwellings, to cover floors, as well as protection against the cold.

The art of weaving is thought to have been introduced in the region of Turkey (formerly Anatolia) in the late 11th Century by the Seljuk people. The Seljuk tribe was a large collection of sub-tribes who set up their farms and dwellings in what is now south-central Kazakhstan.

Antique Tribal Turkish rugs are currently very desirable. This is mostly due to their larger scale design patterns and use of softer colors, which are easily incorporated into contemporary decor. Turkish tribal rugs are not as rigid and symmetrical as rugs from neighboring Persia, which gives them an air of primitive abstraction.

Whichever tribal rug origin you choose, these beautifully vibrant rugs will add a bold element to your home.

Or read about Tribal vs. City Rugs | Collecting Antique Tribal Kilim | Tribal and Nomadic Rugs

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