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Belouch

Belouch

(Posted on 21/08/14)

Country: Persia (Iran) and Afghanistan Category: nomadic Price range: low to low/medium General details: Inexpensive, well made rugs, produced in a wide variety of designs, that consistently combine tribal authenticity with...

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Afghan Rugs

Afghan Rugs

(Posted on 05/08/14)

Country: Afghanistan Category: nomadic, village and workshop Price range: low to low/medium; older items may be higher General details The term 'Afghan' is normally applied to any traditional item made in Afghanistan that has not been classified as...

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Afghan and Turkoman Rugs

Afghan and Turkoman Rugs

(Posted on 15/07/14)

Weaving region: Afghanistan, and north-east Iran Categories produced: workshop, village and nomadic Central Asia is acknowledged by most authorities as the most likely birthplace of the oriental rug, and the Turkoman nomads, who have inhabited...

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Persian Rugs 2

Persian Rugs 2

(Posted on 02/07/14)

Weaving region: Iran Categories produced: master-workshop, workshop, village and nomadic  Pahlavi rugs:  Special mention must be made of these master-workshop and workshop items made in a handful of major weaving centres...

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Persian Rugs

Persian Rugs

(Posted on 19/06/14)

Weaving region: Iran Categories produced: master-workshop, workshop, village and nomadic.   For most people, the terms ‘Persian rug’ and ‘oriental rug’ are the same.  Persian is seen as the spiritual, if not actual, home of...

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The eight Buddhist symbols

The eight Buddhist symbols

(Posted on 14/06/14)

Relate to spiritual qualities and mysteries that the believer should try develop and understand.  The meanings attributed to each are fairly straightforward in comparison with the subtleties internet in Taoist symbolism.  They may be found...

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Chinese designs (2)

Chinese designs (2)

(Posted on 07/06/14)

Shou and Fu characters: Usually symbolize long life and good luck.  Other characters may also be found, but it is common practice to refer to all symbolic characters as Shou (or Fu) symbols, regardless of their exact form or meaning. Swastika...

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Chinese designs

Chinese designs

(Posted on 29/05/14)

Unlike most other rug-making countries, China mainly draws its design repertoire from other artistic disciplines (painting, etc.), as well as from ancient Buddhist and Taoist symbolism, and other religious and cultural sources.  Chinese design is...

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Designs (Hatchli)

Designs (Hatchli)

(Posted on 22/05/14)

Hatchli (hatchlu): A design often found on enssi rugs, which were traditionally used as door-hangings in the nomad's yurt (tent); it is quiet common for any rug woven in this design to be referred to as an enssi, or Bokhara with an enssi...

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Turkoman designs

Turkoman designs

(Posted on 08/05/14)

Gul  Lozenge-shaped motifs (guls) arranged in vertical rows, usually with off-set rows of minor guls, in a repeating allover format are typical in Turkoman rugs.  The word means flower in Persian, but is perhaps more likely to have been...

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