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Nepalese Rugs – Nepal is a country that is situated in the heart of the Himalayan Mountains. Throughout its rich history, it has been the subject of many conquests. Its history is closely tied to that of the rest of the Indian subcontinent and other areas of Southeast Asia. This rich history has birthed a culture that is multi-ethnic and multicultural. Many races, religions, and people speaking various languages now make up the population of Nepal.

Many designs of Nepalese rugs originate from Tibet and have a history that dates back to the 16th century. These beautiful rugs were virtually unknown to the rest of the world until the British invaded Tibet in the 19th century. In 1959, China invaded Tibet and many of the people fled to Nepal to seek refuge in camps in the valleys.

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Nepalese Rugs

The Chinese invasion of Tibet supplied Nepal with a willing labor force. The Nepali rug industry arose during the 1960’s and continued to gain strength through the 1970’s. Now, it is a major part of the economy of Nepal. The colors and motifs of the Tibetan refugees, as well as the various groups who came to call Nepal home, influenced the designs found in the rugs of Nepal and their unique style.

Nepalese Rug Style

The Nepalese rugs have a style that includes motifs and elements that are rooted in the Shamanistic culture of Tibet. You will also elements derived from Buddhism and Chinese culture. These elements, and other influences, combined to form a style that is unique and can now be considered uniquely Nepalese.

The style of Nepalese rugs features bold, vibrant geometric designs. They feature elements of the natural world around them that are often combined with abstract elements. Nepal has developed a unique art form that represents the blending of the elements of many cultures and traditions. This is what is meant by Nepal-style rugs.

Another element that defines the Nepalese rugs is the type of knot used in the rugs. The rugs of Nepal use a Tibetan knot. This technique involves wrapping a continuous length of yarn over a rod that is laid across the warp threads of the loom. When the rod is completely wrapped, a knife is used to run along the length to cut the loops.

In much of Turkey, Persia, India, China, and other areas of Southeast Asia, either the Turkish (Ghiordes) or Persian (Senneh) knot is used. The Tibetan knot is found in rugs from Ancient Egypt that date back 1,500 years. This is another element that defines  the Nepalese rugs.

We invite you to explore these beautiful pieces that have a unique design and construction technique that lends to a soft, supple rug. They are beautiful and have a luxurious feel underfoot.

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