West Turkestanian Rugs
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West Turkestanian Rugs Featuring nomadic designs of Karakalpak, Kirghiz, Turkoman and Uzbek origins, West Turkestan rugs are primarily nomadic styles that are highly sought by collectors. Due to technical limitations, these rugs consist of flat weaving styles and felts that utilize abstract motifs. Often the antique rugs are carded felt, embroidered or woven.
Celebrated for their unique tribal rug patterns and nomadic weaving traditions, West Turkestanian rugs are unique masterpieces that can look at home in any collector’s showroom or ornately decorated den. They feature distinct combinations of elements, most notably nomadic rug designs that are often used in Turkoman, Uzbekistani and Kirghiz pieces. Because these rugs are traditionally made, they typically feature a flatter but still pile weaving style, which does not focus as much on textures as other styles might. The Oriental rugs may be woven or embroidered, and the flat style of weaving lends a greater degree of functionality in terms of applications as wall hanging tapestry rugs, clothes, and even saddle horse covers.
The West Turkestanian rugs set themselves apart from other tribal designs because of the fineness of the weaving itself. They do not rely on particularly large motifs, and instead focus on smaller repeating ones in order to create the illusion of texture in the patterning. The strong use of asymmetrical individual elements lends to an almost interchangeable effect along the foreground and background, adding artistic intrigue to the colors chosen for each piece. Abstract motifs are often chosen to create a more unique decorative experience, though it is not uncommon for many of these West Turkestanian carpets to combine the abstract with floral weaves and patterning.
Color combinations may vary, but often at least three are chosen for each rug in order to create a more complicated and diverse palette. Darker and warmer tones are most often chosen as well, which results in each rug appearing inviting and intriguing. Sometimes cool colors are established along the palette in order to create strategic points of contrast along the rug. Depending on the rug, these points may be larger as a way to lead the viewer’s eyes to the warmer sections or smaller to more intimately define the individual details and patterns along the foreground.