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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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Shaggy Long Pile Tribal Nomad Rugs

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Robert Cobcroft

Hand stitched primitive nomad made clothing and rugs known as posteen, pelisses, postak, and Choga, were produced by simple methods since the first primitive needles were used in the stone age. This idea was first put forward and published inHali Magazine Issue 100, in an article by John Wertime.

The following notes are first hand accounts, where the use of these animal hide pieces were observed. From the period 1840 to 2011. Giving us some insights into methods that pre-date weaving and are probably still in use in remote regions like the Afghan Pamirs. The importance of this is the close relationship between long pile woven rugs and the hand stitched items that they mimic.

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Julkhyrs – minimalist aesthetics in steppe art

Dr. Elmira Gyul

Julkhyrs – minimalist aesthetics in steppe art. Originally posted on Jozan 05 October 2011 - shared here with thanks to Dr. Elmira Gyul, Fine Arts Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Julkhyrs – the traditional Uzbek long-piled carpets – are popular among connoisseurs of Oriental art. Unlike the refined decor of Iranian carpets, the appearance of Julkhyrs are extremely laconic, strict, even brutal, both on drawings, and on colours. Their appearance surprisingly correspond to the style of modern minimalistic interiors, which has given a second life to these unique carpets.

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Siirt woven felt Battaniye

Robert Cobcroft

Imitation animal hair blankets woven today by Kurdish men in the south eastern Turkish town of Siirt in Siirt province were probably produced in surrounding regions encompassing northern Iraq and western Iran as far south as Kuzestan for more than two thousand years. In the last few decades Turkish marketers sold these siirt battaniyesi into markets in Europe and the United States, indelibly linking the town of Siirt with the faux-fur blanket itself. Siirt has become the most recent place of production, by way of association these minimalist fur-like flat weaves with origins in antiquity have recently become known as siirt.

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Woven Felt

Robert Cobcroft

Siirt and Likhnyk blankets are woven inside the territories of early steppe nomads. Woven blankets that are then teased into a matted felt like finish resembling animal hides. The lizhnyk pummeled first by the power of water inside a Valylo before being treated with a teasle to raise the nap. A throwback to primitive techniques, these two blankets are still made today in the Ukraine and Turkey.

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