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Village Rugs part 2

Village Rugs part 2

(Posted on 27/07/13)

Contemporary village weaving is largely confined to Persia, Anatolia and, Afghanistan.      The overwhelming majority of village-style items from the other rug-producing countries are in fact workshop origin.  However, items produced...

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Village Rugs part 1

Village Rugs part 1

(Posted on 25/07/13)

The term is not used in its literal sense to describe items produced in villages as opposed to cities or towns, but is applied more specifically to a broad category of rugs sharing common features of construction, character and design.  In the generally...

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Nomadic rugs part 2

Nomadic rugs part 2

(Posted on 23/07/13)

Authentic nomadic weaving is now confined to Persia,Afghanistan and Anatolia (of  the major rug-producing areas), although its influence can be found in the workshop items of other regions, particularly the Soviet Union. Although most nomadic tribes...

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Nomadic rugs part 1

Nomadic rugs part 1

(Posted on 23/07/13)

Produced by nomadic and semi-nomadic tribesmen (semi-nomads spend part of the year in villages or settled camps) whose  life has traditionally revolved around breeding sheep, weaving rugs and raiding their neighbours' camps. Their  passion...

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Weaving group

Weaving group

(Posted on 22/07/13)

The term 'weaving group' can be applied to any town, village or tribe within the oriental weaving region, which produces its own hand-made rugs, but it is normally only used in the context of the older, more traditional weaving centres in which...

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Country of orgin

Country of orgin

(Posted on 20/07/13)

Classifying rugs according to their country of origin is both logical and necessary, particularly as discrepancies in exchange rates, import tariffs and production costs can make a considerable difference to the prices asked in shops for very similar...

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Runners, strips and mats

Runners, strips and mats

(Posted on 19/07/13)

The first two terms describe rugs which are long and narrow - usually where the length is over 2.5 times the width - and are often used in place of the word 'rug' (i.e., a Shirvan runner or Yahyali strip). There are no rules defining the distinction...

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Rugs and Carpets

Rugs and Carpets

(Posted on 16/07/13)

The terms 'rug' and 'carpet' are normally used to denote size-a carpet being any rug with surface area in excess of 4.4 sq-mt, and whose length is not more than 1.5 times its width, i.e., 9' x 6' (2.74 x 1.83 m) or 12' x 8' (3.66 x 2.44 m). This distinction...

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Design

Design

(Posted on 12/07/13)

Some of the more famous names in oriental rugs, in particular Herati and Mir, refer to the design, rather than the place where they were made. These designs may be more closely associated with some weaving groups than others (e.g., Ferahan and Mal-e-...

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How Rugs get their names

How Rugs get their names

(Posted on 10/07/13)

Place of origin or tribes  Most oriental rugs derive their names either from their place of origin or, in the case of nomadic items, the weaving tribe. A rug made in the Persian town of Kashan is therefore known as a Kashan, and an item woven by...

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