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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

Primitive coats, what's in the bag?

Robert Cobcroft

Shepherd Samarkand Circa 1910 Prokudin-Gorskii A shepherd Circa 1910 with long coat and sheepskin lining in the hood. Complete with rolled up rope and tools of the trade. The early studio photograph of the Afghan horse traders gave us a view of Afghan sheepskin covers in use in the 1860's. The shepherd's coat indicates the requirement for an all weather solution, the afghan horse traders no doubt would have faced similar circumstances,their long sheepskin covers providing a warm alternative.

Two more images a "Bashkir" horseman and traders with their camels in the mountains near Samarkand Circa 1910. There are animal hides on the backs of the camels. Life outdoors in Central Asia requires warm clothing, covers and rugs for insulation against the cold.

"Bashkir" Man seated on a horse on the outskirts of Samarkand - ice cold wind off the mountains.

Samarkand Traders and Camels

Shepherd: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-prokc-21878  Bahskir: Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-prok-02317 Camel Traders: LC-DIG-prok-21754Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington