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1980s Hand-Knotted Afghan Table Rug

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Long Story Short:
Style: Afghan
Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Condition: Good
Size: 1' x 1'5"
Content: 100% wool pile hand-knotted on a foundation of wool
Age: circa 1980s
Suggested Retail Price: a comparable rug in very good-excellent condition would run $195


Short Story Long:
This is one crazy cat rug. Well, at least my interpretation is that the two larger animals on the rug are cats or lions with heart shaped faces or something. There also appear to be a bird and a mini person in triangular garb. I can pretty much guarantee that this is the only one of these you'll ever see. It is a super rare design and very small size.
The rug itself is in pretty good shape, with just two very small areas of pile damage (pictured), a small section of fringe missing, and some color running in the center (see the blue hue in the ivory area?). It has been discounted to account for these cosmetic issues, and honestly, a normal person probably wouldn't notice them as much as my neurotic self.
Besides the design, another reason why this rug is such an interesting piece is the size of its kelim. A Kelim is a flatweave rug. When we describe a pile rug as having a "kelim" that means we are referring to that small section of flatly woven area between where the pile ends and where the fringe begins. In the case of this rug, there is a very intricate blue and white kelim that is 1"+ on either end (front pictured in #3 and back pictured in #4).
Rugs of this size are called "roo-meezi" rugs. "Roo" in farsi means "on" and "Meeze" means table. "Roo-Meezi" means that these are rugs made to go on your table. You can put it on your nightstand, coffee table, or in the center of your dining room table with a large clear bowl on top. Alternately, this rug could be mounted and hung on the wall or turned into a pillow face. The possibilities are endless!

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or good jokes, please feel free to contact me! I'm a rug expert in training with access to plenty of rug gurus, so if you have any rug related questions at all, please feel free to hit me up for info.

1980s Hand-Knotted Afghan Table Rug


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Material: wool
  • Only ships within United States.
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