What Are Afshar Rugs?
Afshar rugs are a type of Persian rug. These rugs are woven by the Afshar tribe around the area of Kerman and southeastern Iran.
Older Afshar rugs had wool foundations, however cotton foundations are common in newer rugs. Afshars from the 19th century are known for their high quality craftsmanship and materials. They have similar designs to Caucasian rugs including geometric and rectilinear patterns. Kurdish influences can also be observed in some Afshar rugs. All-over boteh patterns, one or several medallions with diamond patterns, tulip lattice patterns, and the tree of life can be found in Afshar rugs. Some experts believe Afshar weavers may have been the first to use botehs in their pieces. Predominant colors include red, rust, blue, brown, and ivory.
Antique Afshar rugs are typically found in smaller area rug sizes and are less likely to be found as larger, room-size carpets. They are also found as bags. Some Afshars have a larger variety of colors and designs including bird and animal motifs.
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