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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.


Shaggy Long Pile Tribal Nomad Rugs

Lizhnyk - primitive hairy rug

Robert Cobcroft

Faux fur self born Samoridny Lizhnyk, Yavoriv - Carpathians Ukraine Circa 2005 Softened in the valyo, the "self born, samoridny" lizhnyk

Lizhnyk are said to be self born - samoridny, shorn from the back of sheep, vigorously washed wool is loosely spun then carefully woven. Plunged into a hole in the river bed, forces of nature act on every fibre, fast running water guided by a water wheel pulverise the lizhnyk creating a matted felt like finish. The resulting imitation fur lizhnyk is dried in the sun then both sides are teased and combed to achieve the final effect resembling a hairy primordial faux beast from the wilds of the Carpathians. Unique in shaggy rug weaving worldwide the lizhnyk bears the hallmarks of being truly samoridny. The combined effects of loosely spun thick wool wefts, their subsequent punishment in the valylo and final teasing of the fibres resulting in a furry matted animal fur-like product is not only ingenious but practical in it's many uses. No where else has the wool of sheep been rendered in such bestial form, a true primitive rug type.

Lizhnyk blankets could be considered as woven felts, see the post titled "woven felt" for more on the valylo - lizhnyk woven felt connection.

Woven Felt

The Lizhnyk illustrated is small measuring only 127 cm x 70 cm. the colours are all natural. The colours are all natural sheep wool from the Carpathians.

Lilya at Etnostyle has written a very informative post about Lizhnyk with amazing pictures of a Valylo.

The "self born" samoridny faux fur look

Hairy shaggy primitive animal like Lizhnyk rug