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Pile rugs

Pile rugs

(Posted on 03/10/17)

Generally accepted that they were first made by nomadic Turkic or Mongol tribesmen living somewhere in Central Asia, East Turkestan or Mongolia prior to the beginning of the 1st millennium BC.  Their lifestyle (as nomadic herdsmen) and the prevailing...

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Tribal origins of the weavers

Tribal origins of the weavers

(Posted on 08/09/17)

The word tribe is derived from the Latin for three and was first applied by the Romans to a group of autonomous primitive clans as a method of defining their three major political divisions. It is now used to describe any independent or semi-independent...

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Natural or vegetable dyes

Natural or vegetable dyes

(Posted on 29/07/17)

Derived from a number of vegetable, animal and mineral sources, which frequently originated locally, although they are now often imported from other areas. Some natural pigments are intrinsically fugitive and were only used in the past because they were...

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Buying a Kilim

Buying a Kilim

(Posted on 04/07/17)

Before buying a kilim always ask yourself ‘why you want it’ and ‘how much you can afford to pay’. No matter how attractive or inexpensive a kilim may be, it can be a waste of money if it does not fit the space allocated, or blend into its chosen...

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Knots

Knots

(Posted on 16/05/17)

Most Persian rugs are pile-woven, the knots tied by hand to the warp strings. Two factors are important when discussing knots – knot density and knot type. Knot Density: Knot density refers to, and is measured by, the number of knots per square inch...

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What is a tribal rug?

What is a tribal rug?

(Posted on 14/04/17)

The term tribal rug is sometimes used to describe any rug or woven artifact that is essentially tribal in character and appearance, regardless of the function for which it was made or the ethnic origin or lifestyle of the weavers.  However, the...

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Yomut (Turkoman)

Yomut (Turkoman)

(Posted on 31/03/17)

The term ‘Yomut’ is very often used as a convenient label rather than as the identification of a historically accurate tribal group.  Despite numerous attempts in the past, it has so far been impossible to work out a precise classification system...

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Senneh

Senneh

(Posted on 25/02/17)

The old respected name of Senneh is synonymous with valuable Oriental carpets.  Thus, the Persian knot is also known as the Senneh knot even though it is hardly used here.  Today this town, which was proclaimed the capital of the Kurds by Shah...

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The Kurds

The Kurds

(Posted on 15/02/17)

The carpets of the mountain Kurd's that come onto the Persian market place are known as Kurdistani or Kurdish, and include those produced in the neighbouring areas of Anatolia and Iraq.  In addition, imaginative labels are devised by the trade,...

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The Turkoman way of life

The Turkoman way of life

(Posted on 11/02/17)

The earliest researchers into the Turkomans and their weaving culture started from the assumption that the Turkomans had always been nomads and therefore the historical roots of their weaving were to be found in nomadic traditions.  That the art...

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