Most rugs coming out of Afghanistan are woven by nomads from different tribes. Their coloring & weaving techniques are centuries old. The rug's colors, usually, red or rust with black or navy designs, are the result of the vegetation available to the weavers for the dying process. The looms are small enough to be transported by horseback. Some tribes have settled into villages & are working in workshops that have strayed from traditional patterns.
Once on the forefront of rug weaving wool, wool & silk hand-knotted rugs, China today has turned to technology and reduced it's rug making presence. A major commercial presence for the last 30 years, Chinese rugs are known for absolute perfection in color and flawless design.
The popularity of rugs woven in India is due to the variety of designs, colors & workmanship available. The weavers are very attuned to the design needs of today's market and they seem to be able to translate that into rugs that are very appealing to the American consumer.
Handspun wool. Hand-knotted process results in a silk like shimmer. The dying process creates a varied, softened hand-crafted look. Adapts well to most decors.
Wool and Silk
The extraordinary combination of wool with silk results in a lustrous rug that is packed with rich colors. People are attracted to the soft velvety touch.
Lustrous hand-knotted wool. Larger knot size results in larger more open designs with a casual feel. Often 'tea' washed which tones down & mutes the colors. 'Beefier' rug that is good for high traffic areas
High knot count results in smaller more detailed formal designs. Often has silk highlights resulting in a beautiful luminosity.
An up and coming force in the design world, Pakistan has been making fine hand-knotted rugs for decades. The key to their unique look is that they use vegetable dyes on many of their rugs and that gives the high knot count rug a warm golden glow. Many of the the Pakistani craftsmen use handspun wool to create an interesting aged look. Pakistan rugs show great on wood floors.
Pakistani rugs are uniquely beautiful due to the care taken in choosing the highest quality wool & weaving the finest knots into intricate Persian designs. These are some of the most finely knotted rugs in the market today.
A hand-knotted peshwar is unique because the wool is hand-spun and colored with vegetable dyes. The rugs have a soft, muted look that works with antique, transitional or contemporary decor.
This is the region that originated the "oriental rug." The finest most talented weavers have a
long tradition of knotting the rugs that all others are judged by. Persian rugs can be found in museums all over the world. Rugs are generally named after the village, town, or district where they are the hallmark of the industry.
These rugs are usually woven in small workshops or on family owned looms. They have bright cheerful colors with a more folksy casual geometric look to them.
Starting out as a village made rug, gabbehs have become a popular contemporary style featuring geometric designs, bright colors and lush pile.
Tabrizes (Mahi or Nagsheh) are one of the finest hand knotted rug available. It is a more formal design and the rug's beauty comes from finely knotted wool and silk construction and across the age classic design. Increasingly difficult to find, they have become more and more a collector's piece.