Afghan carpets are beautiful handmade wool carpets and area rugs. They are not Persian carpets but they are certainly handmade carpets to admire and own. The wool is merino wool. These carpets usually have a thick pile. Only natural dyes are used in their construction. Afghan rugs are also referred to as Chobi and Ziegler. Other types include Kazak, Marunis, Khal Mohammedi, Bokharra and Belgique Bukharra.
Afghanistan is situated in the south of Asia, adjoining Iran and Turkmenistan in the west, Uzbekistan and Tadzjikistan in the north and China and Pakistan in the east. Afghanistan is a mainly mountainous country and the capital city is Kabul.
The most popular carpets are Khal Mohammedi and Afghan Aqche. The primary color for Khal Mohammedi woolen rugs is dark red with different nuances. Other beautiful rug types are Tribal oriental rugs.
Baluchi rugs are made by the Baluchi people in the sount west of the country. They are prayer rugs mostly.
Herat Province in western Afganistan produce rugs named after local towns Shndand and Adraskan. A feature of these carpets is the strange elongated human and animal figures.
The Bukharra features the octagonal or elephant's foot design.
Various vegetable dyes and natural dyes are used to produce the rich colors of the rugs. Village weavers also produce, tent bags and saddle bags featured in a nomadic lifestyle.
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