Tribal Carpets

Tribal Persian carpets are weavings of nomadic and semi-nomadic people. From the nomadic desert tribes to the mountain villages, these striking designs are made with hand-spun wool and natural dyes.

REF-C0930

SIZE: 5X3 ft
148×105 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL

REF-C1997

SIZE: 13X2.6 ft
380×80 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL

REF-D1994

SIZE: 5X3 ft
152×102 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI SOFRA
WOOL & WOOL

REF-D6316

SIZE: 8X6 ft
245X170 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI SOFRA
WOOL & WOOL

REF-D9403

SIZE: 7X4.6 ft
218X134 cm
PAKISTAN KAZAK COLLECTION
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E0544

SIZE: 5X3.6 ft
150×102 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI SOFRA
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E1588

SIZE: 5X7 ft
198X150 cm
AFGHAN BOKHARA
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E1595

SIZE: 6.6X9.6 ft
287X200 cm
AFGHAN TRIBAL
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2466

SIZE: 8X11 ft
343X242 cm
AFGHAN BOKHARA
WOOL & WOOL

REFE-2467

SIZE: 8X11 ft
45X249 cm
AFGHAN BOKHARA
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2468

SIZE: 8X11 ft
341X251 cm
AFGHAN BOKHARA
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2479

SIZE: 8X6 ft
232X177 cm
AFGHAN MAZAR-E-SHARIF
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2486

SIZE: 5X7 ft
194×149 cm
AFGHAN BOKHARA
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2653

SIZE: 11X3 ft
340X98 cm
RUSSIAN AZARBAIJAN
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2655

SIZE: 16X2.6 ft
490X82 cm
PERSIAN BIDJAR
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2656

SIZE: 7X5 ft
227X155 cm
PERSIAN OLD GERAJEH
WOOL & WOOL

ref-E2695

SIZE: 18X12 ft
520X380 cm
PERSIAN SARUK
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2712

SIZE: 6X3.6 ft
213×103 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2741

SIZE: 6X3.6 ft
215×105 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2754

SIZE: 6.6X3 ft
207×110 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL
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Tribal carpets are made in traditional designs for traditional uses, primarily individuals and their families. These carpets are constructed on collapsible, horizontal looms and thus are often smaller (narrower) than village or city carpets. They are distinctive for their simplistic, dramatic colour schemes and angular designs. Most designs are passed down from generation to generation and are often executed from memory, usually consisting of repeated motifs. Due to the itinerant nature of these tribes, dyeing and weaving are often started in one place, disrupted when the tribe travels and finished in another location, resulting in uneven coloration and sometimes lopsided designs and shapes however this doesn’t detract the beauty of the carpet. Each carpet is made entirely unique, reflecting the personality, customs and aesthetics of the weaver. The value of the tribal Persian carpet is therefore usually linked to the time and effort made to create it. The quality and availability of the materials also contribute to the value of the carpet, given that the tribes may not be able to get the same materials in different locations.

Each tribe employs different tribal motifs and patterns and each carpet is a testament to its tradition. Tribal carpet designs have an ancient lineage. The symbols found in tribal rugs and tribal weavings predates the symbolism found in some of the existing revealed religions, as proven by anthropological and archeological evidence. They include trees, snakes, dragons, birds, flowers, deconstructed and abstracted humans, geometric patterns and other elements. These symbols are not just purely decorative but can be traced back to centuries ago when they were first used to signify, represent or record important events or ideas that occurred. Some of these symbols also became more abstract as time passed.

Tribal Persian carpets even when woven for commercial purposes, by now sedentary tribes that no longer follow the nomadic life, still retain their identity of purpose. That is, each rug is made for specific use such as a prayer rug, the eating rug, the front door rug etc. Even commercial tribal carpets retain their identity of use. The most famous carpet-producing tribes are Baluchi, Qashgai, Shahsovan and Afshari.

The Orientalist’s intricate relationships with the tribes and villages mean we can provide an unsurpassed selection from very diverse regions.

The Orientalist

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