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This one off gorgeous rug would look nice in a study or hallway. Don't you love the pattern? Hand woven wool Baluchi rug/kilim.This rug is in rich colours with a velvety pile. Made in a very traditional type of weaving with a pattern unique to the weaver.

3 feet 8" x 3 feet. Great condition, a lovely rug. A bit darker than some of the pics show - sun was so bright! The closeups show accurate colour.

Afghanistan is one of the three main areas of kilim production along with Anatolia in Turkey and Iran. The majority of peoples were nomads (living in yurts) or settled farmers. Their lives have inspired a wealth of motifs and patterns. Each ethnic group has particular symbols, patterns and colour combinations. They are woven by people who collect the raw materials then spin, dye and weave the wool. Each village or family has distinctive motifs. Using portable looms built from tree branches and wool from their flocks they produce a stunning range of rugs. Traditionally the weaving is the women's domain.

Girls learn on tiny toy looms. Once competent they join their mothers and grandmothers and kilims are included in their dowries. Kilims are often woven from memory, with children absorbing the patterns. The patterns have nicknames such as mousetail, arrow and comb. The symbolism in the patterns has been passed down through generations. Kilims are often a form of visual commnication expressing the hopes for good fortune, fertility and protection. The troubled history of Afghanistan has brought together a great diversity of ethnic groups from the Baluchi to the Uzbek and thus a varied range of designs.

Nice Patterned 4 x 3 ft Red rug/kilim from the East. Hand woven.