Regions of Origin of Oriental Rugs

The tradition of hand-knotted carpets comes from the Eastern world and has always been anchored there. Designs and patterns of the various carpets are usually based on the region or country of origin, even though these clear demarcations and distinctive features are becoming increasingly blurred with globalisation.

Most important countries of origin of oriental carpets: Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, India, China and the Caucasus

Like their design, hand-knotted carpets get their name either from their region or from their country of origin. Important countries for handmade carpets are Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, India, China and also the Caucasus. Turkey, Morocco or Egypt, for example, are also some of the major countries with own characteristics.

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However, the most important and best known oriental carpets come from Persia, today's Iran. Many styles originate here and almost every carpet is named after its place of origin. Nowadays, famous Tabriz or Gabbeh carpets are also replicated by hand in India, of course in a less elaborate way. Today oriental rugs from the various regions are in demand again in the western world


Persian Rugs
Probably the best known and highest quality carpets from the Orient. Nain, Isfahan or Tabriz are only some of the famous regions...

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Afghan Rugs
The country has a long tradition of rug knotting. Among the most famous are the Kahl Mohammadi rugs...

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Pakistani Rugs
Pakistani Bukhara rugs made of strikingly shiny wool are one of the highlights of this country...
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Baluch Rugs
A region that extends over parts of Iran and Afghanistan and is populated by nomads...
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Turkaman Rugs
Mostly warm and dark red shades in a simple design and of a somewhat coarser design...
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Caucasus Rugs
Carpets from the area of the Caucasus mountains mostly in stronger colours...
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Indian Rugs
Centuries-long tradition of carpet knotting, which is still widespread today...
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Chinese Rugs
They stand out clearly from other oriental carpets due to their old Chinese patterns and designs...
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