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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 Skin Posteens Afghanistan 1868

Robert Cobcroft

More Primitive Skins from the Stone Age A Kakur draped in sheep skin cover

An albumen print titled "A Kakur"contained in The People of India, Volume Six depicts a man draped in a bear skin posteen. A second image titled "Afghan Horse Dealers" from the same collection shows three men, two with sheepskin or bear skin posteens over their shoulders. Recently in the post on this blog Primitive Skins from the Stone Age Part 4, the use of these covers was discussed. "They are used as covers during the night or even folded on the shoulders when seated in either the tent or the house."

Dated 1868 these images are an early record of primitive skin posteens or covers in daily use in Afghanistan. Sunni Hazara Muslims have been mentioned in connection with the two piece shaggy rugs from Central and West Afghanistan. The Kakur and Afghan Horse Dealers are noted here as "Soonnee Mussulmans".

Images contained within the collection: The People of India, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.  "A Kakur" Local number: PoI6.322  "Afghan Horse Dealers" Local number: PoI6.332

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