Although there are many similarities both between Turkmen and Afghan carpets in designs and colours, however, it is a fair assessment to categorise Afghan carpets differently. Despite common hexagonal designs, which can also be seen in Turkmen rugs, what distinguishing Afghan from Turkmen rugs is rich colours and their coarser foundations. One thing is for sure and that is Afghan carpets can handle years of usage far better than Turkmen carpets due to their durability and sturdy foundations. Afghan carpets are normally referring to those traditionally made in Afghanistan. However, for the past few decades, Afghan refugees along the borders of Pakistan and Iran also busy producing many of wonderful pieces. The finer Afghan rugs were made by Ersari tribes around the 19th and early 20th centuries and considered among the best produced. Firstly because of the fine weavers and secondly using vegetable dyed wool, which is a very expensive process nowadays. Since mid 20th century the mixture of natural and synthetic wool yarn widely were used which subsequently affected the quality of the Afghan carpets.
Regardless of quality it must be said that it is in the nature of interior designs that their existence are often shockingly brief, but their content may last for generations with keeping their influence. This is surely true for antique Afghan rugs with their dazzling colours and bold Gul fields. We have an extensive knowledge sourcing and buying fine and decorative antique Afghan tribal rugs whether large or small. Although there have been a massive production in Afghan rugs for the past few decades, but we only go after unique and exclusive pieces. Our online shop presents a good selection of these excellent pieces with very competitive prices. For more information about Afghan carpets or any other tribal rugs please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
By accessing my website you will find some of the finest and most decorative handmade Afghan rugs in the market. With over 30 years of sourcing and collecting these wonderful pieces, we have acknowledged the important role Afghan rugs played in rug making industry. From Afghan Ersari tribes producing some of the finest of Afghan rugs in early 19th century to Afghan refugees making sturdier and coarser of Afghan rugs near the border of Pakistan, the fascination about the stunning colours and designs remain the same. Even after two to three generations of taking heavy footfall and constant usage, these wonderful rugs still showing off their piles innocently. There might be a wear and tear or colours fading over the years of usage but undoubtedly there past glory remain undiminished. Although most of the Afghan rugs are based on Elephant foot or Gul design with bold motifs, however not two rugs are the same. Their wool is innumerable shades of the same colour, known as Abrash. Abrash is a feature of natural dyes and gives a liveliness, which cannot be obtained with machine spun yarns or chemical dyes.
It is therefore a fair assessment to suggest the quality of Afghan rugs depends on their age and origin. We have extensive experience in sourcing these wonderful pieces in London. It is the culmination of numerous trips to auction houses and warehouses or meet carpet dealers. Our passion for finding new Afghan rug whether form Ersari, Khalmohamadi or other tribes in whole areas of Afghanistan has remained undiminished and we continue to love the process involved. Please visit our website and check our Afghan rugs online and do not hesitate to contact us as we are more than happy to help you.