Antique Tribal Rugs

Antique Tribal Rugs: Culture and History

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Antique Tribal Rugs — 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.

Antique Tribal Rugs Interior Design Inspiration Nazmiyal
Interior Design Inspiration Antique Tribal Rugs

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 history of Moroccan Tribal rugs dates them back to 622 AD. At that time Berber women were taught their familial patterns, looping techniques, and color ranges from the time they were just small girls watching their mothers, and grandmothers.

In the 20th century, some of the vintage Berber carpets have been made by professional master weavers from Eastern tribes that were given as prized gifts to elite families. The collective name of all the Berber tribes is Beni Ourain and their Berber rugs adorned palaces and many sacred spaces.

Vintage Ivory and Brown Moroccan Rug 47953 Nazmiyal
Vintage Ivory and Brown Moroccan Rug 47953
Vintage Moroccan Rug 45982 Nazmiyal
Vintage Moroccan Rug 45982
Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug 46505 Nazmiyal
Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug 46505
Vintage Blue Moroccan Rug 48399 Nazmiyal
Vintage Blue Moroccan Rug 48399
Vintage Moroccan Rug 47898 Nazmiyal
Vintage Moroccan Rug 47898

Caucasian Antique Tribal Rugs

Tribal Caucasian rugs are primarily made of materials that are (or were) particular to their tribal provinces, like wool and natural plant dyes. Some of the styles that are “typical” or better known to the Caucasus region are Shirvan, Dagestan, Kuba, Kazak rugs. The mountainous region of the Caucasus has been an attested center of rug production since at least the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Chief among the rug producing Central Asian nomads were the Turkomans, whose work is prized for its precise weave and drawing and meticulous allover repeat designs, although generally in a subdued or restricted palette.

Turkoman rugs are often called “Bokara” in the rug trade, after the chief central Asian city from which they were exported to the West. Other central Asia nomads like the Baluch, Uzbeks, and Khirgiz produced bolder designs with a brighter, more varied palette, but their pattern repertory is still closely related to that of the Turkomans.

Antique Light Blue Tribal Caucasian Avar Rug 47488 Nazmiyal
Antique Light Blue Tribal Caucasian Avar Rug 47488
Antique Caucasian Tree of Life Kazak Rug 47503 Nazmiyal
Antique Caucasian Tree of Life Kazak Rug 47503
Antique Caucasian Karabagh Carpet 50211 Nazmiyal
Antique Caucasian Karabagh Carpet 50211
Antique Tribal Caucasian Soumak Flat Woven Rug 46558 Nazmiyal
Antique Tribal Caucasian Soumak Flat Woven Rug 46558
Antique Caucasian Kazak Rug 43484 Nazmiyal
Antique Caucasian Kazak Rug 43484

Persian Qashqai Antique Tribal 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.

Vintage Persian Gashgai Tribal Rug 47620 Nazmiyal
Vintage Persian Gashgai Tribal Rug 47620
Vintage Persian Ghashgai Rug 48229 Nazmiyal
Vintage Persian Ghashgai Rug 48229
Antique Persian Ghashgai Rug 50047 Nazmiyal
Antique Persian Ghashgai Rug 50047
Vintage Tribal Gashgai Kilim 47617 Nazmiyal
Vintage Tribal Gashgai Kilim 47617

Turkish Antique Tribal 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 because many of the rugs feature large scale all-over designs in lighter color combinations, 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.

Antique Turkish Kilim 46241 Nazmiyal
Antique Turkish Kilim 46241
Antique Konya Turkish Rug 3093 Nazmiyal
Antique Konya Turkish Rug 3093
Antique Tribal Turkish Kirshehir Runner 47486 Nazmiyal
Antique Tribal Turkish Kirshehir Runner 47486
Vintage Turkish Kilim 50168 Nazmiyal
Vintage Turkish Kilim 50168
Antique Konya Turkish Rug 45018 Nazmiyal
Antique Konya Turkish Rug 45018
18th Century Turkish Rug from James Ballard 47373 Nazmiyal
18th Century Turkish Rug from James Ballard 47373

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

Antique Tribal Rugs enrich modern spaces with character, history, and culture.

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