Afghan Ersari Turkmen Rugs

Rugs from Afghanistan

Rugs and Carpets from Afghanistan

Hand-knotted rugs from Afghanistan are often colorful and of good quality.

The hand-knotted rugs from Afghanistan are available in a variety of designs - both traditional and traditional Turkmen and Baluch motifs, as well as modern or imported designs such as Persian Ziegler rugs or Caucasian Kazak and Shirvan rugs.

Ziegler and Kazak rugs

Originally Ziegler carpets originated from Persia, where they were knotted for the European and American markets from the end of the 19th century until around the beginning of the 1930s. Today, these rugs are from the time sought after collector's items and accordingly high priced. That is why this tradition has been revived and produced in India, Pakistan and, to a large extent, Afghanistan since the mid 1990s. Ziegler carpets are characterized by pale, washed-out colors and reduced number of colors. Often, Ziegler carpets generally only have 3-5 pastel and well-matched colors throughout the carpet. Kazak rugs from Afghanistan are based on the ancient originals from the Caucasus and are qualitatively similar to the Ziegler rugs from Afghansitan - just with other motifs and strong colors.

Traditional carpets

Traditional rugs from Afghanistan are primarily the Balouch rugs from the west of the country. These are made by nomads and in small villages and usually small format, often as a prayer rug with mihrab (prayer niche) executed. The dominant colors are red and blue, pile, warp and weft are wool or goat hair. From the northwest and north come the well-known Turkmen carpets. As earlier the main trading place of the Turkmene carpet variety in the city of Bokhara (also Bukhara, Bokhara or Bukara) was, for the sake of simplicity, all carpets worked in Turkmen motive style are often called "Bukhara". On Afghan territory only rugs of the ERSARI and the KIZIL AYAK tribes are knotted. Especially the Ersari rugs are very popular, as they harmonize perfectly with classical style of living as well as with modern styles such as Ethno Design or Industrial Style. Typical of these carpets are the large octagonal Gül motifs, often referred to as "elephant foot". Genuine Ersari are very good and valuable carpets with unmistakable character. Similar in pattern but coarser and with brighter colors is the classic "Afghan", a carpet with ERSARI motifs but produced commercially in factories. These priced much cheaper pieces called the trade as Andochy or Aqcha Afghan.
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