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Morningside, QLD, 4170

Antique handmade, long piled nomad rugs are rare and unique. Primitive Rug reveals the stories of the nomadic people who wandered the deserts and mountains of Central Asia and beyond, leaving behind these woven works of art. In our store you will find an exclusive selection of old, nomad made rugs. 

These primitive hand woven rugs are from the Amu Darya in the north of Afghanistan, Samarkand in Uzbekistan, the Afghan Pamirs, eastern Turkey, Iran, Spain, eastern Europe, and the mountainous regions of central Afghanistan.

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Hand Knotted & Hand Dyed Nomad Made Rugs


Our collection of antique handmade tribal rugs are authentic pieces, woven by nomads using weaving methods passed down through generations. Nearly all of the nomadic groups who wove these rugs have taken up permanent residence in cities and towns, a result of technological change, socio-political upheaval, droughts and wars. Leaving behind a unique woven record of millennia old weaving traditions.

Originating from some of the very first primitive rug styles which took their cues from animal pelts, every old rug in our collection has it's own story to tell. Some of these rug styles have remained unchanged since weaving began, providing a tangible link to the original tribal rug makers.

Rugs featured in our collection were woven between fifty to two hundred years ago. Created from natural fibres, sourced from herds of nomad raised sheep and goats. Coloured with natural dyes from plants of the mountains and deserts of Central Asia and beyond. 

Incorporating sparse designs, some so minimal the variation in colour is created from broad strips of only two or three colours. These hand knotted rugs are a perfect match for modern interiors, bringing an irreplaceable naive aesthetic which cannot be replicated by any modern method. 



Yakut Pieced Skin Primitive Rug Photograph by William Brumfield Yakut Fisherman Yakutsk Russia 2002

Yakut Pieced Skin Primitive Rug
Photograph by William Brumfield Yakut Fisherman Yakutsk Russia 2002