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Tekke Bokhara: 9'11" x 2'7"

Tekke Bokhara: 9'11" x 2'7"

Tekke Bokhara: 9'11" x 2'7"
Tekke Bokhara: 9'11" x 2'7"
Tekke Bokhara: 9'11" x 2'7"
Tekke Bokhara: 9'11" x 2'7"

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NameTekke Bokhara
Size in feet 9'11" x 2'7"
Size in meters3.02 x 0.80
Pile (Fiber & Yarns Used)100% Pure Lamb's Wool, Very Soft & Silky Feel
Type of fabricationHand-knotted with Senneh knots (asymmetric)
Country Made InPakistan (South Asia)
Design OriginTurkoman
ConditionBrand New, Excellent Condition
Carpet IDH17031656
Sizes Are Approximate. Photos Are Representative And Not Necessarily Exact For Color
New Rugs Are Of The Highest Quality In Its Category And Are Handpicked Overseas By The Bashir Family


Tekke Bokharas, also called Royal Bokharas since the mid-19th century, are what most people imagine when we refer to Bokharas in general. They are similar to Mauri Bokharas, with their symmetrical columns of elephant’s foot motifs (gul designs), but are distinguished by the addition of butterfly-shaped figures that alternate within guls. These rugs are one of the most popular types of hand-knotted carpets in the world due to their soft and silky feel and suitability to almost any space. They also are the most popular type of Pakistani rug.

This elegant runner rug features a classic crimson red field and rows of elephant’s foot guls in canary gold. It is hand-knotted in pure wool by weavers residing at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range. It embodies the traditional aesthetic found in carpets from the Caucus region. Its all-over design enhances any room with its pleasing symmetry.

A Brief History of Bokhara Rugs

Bokhara is a term widely used in the West to refer to carpets and rugs made by various Turkmen tribes of Central Asia. Their history dates back centuries. The Turkomans were situated to the north of what is now called Afghanistan. During the early 1900s, the name of Bukhara, a city in Uzbekistan, was given to these rugs. In fact, few Turkmen live in or around Bukhara, which has a population made up principally of Tajiks and Uzbeks. The Turkomans were an industrious people who would barter their trade for food, clothing, etc. As a result, their weavings would invariably show up in bazaars (a type of market) in cities such as Bukhara, hence the name. The city did serve as a transit point for some Turkmen rugs on their way to the West.

Bokharas are considered among the finest carpets in Afghanistan and Pakistan, distinguished by their extra fine knots and soft, silky touch. They are also popular worldwide due to their suitability to almost any space. Their octagonal guls are sometimes referred to by industry experts as the 'elephant's foot,' in reference to the elephants that would traditionally transport Mughal Empire royalty on their journeys. Other industry experts claim that it represents jewels resembling those that adorned the palace walls and crowns of Mughal royalty.

Today, such rugs are mainly produced in Pakistan and Iran. In Pakistan, they are mainly produced in a region around the city of Lahore. To view more Bokhara rugs, please visit our Bokhara Collection page.

Sources and inspiration: Bérinstain, Valérie, et al. L'art du tapis dans le monde (The art of carpets in the world). Paris: Mengès, 1996. Print.; Jerrehian Jr., Aram K.A. Oriental Rug Primer. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1980. Print.; Herbert, Janice Summers. Oriental Rugs, New York: Macmillan, 1982. Print.; Hackmack, Adolf. Chinese Carpets and Rugs, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1980. Print. ; De Moubray, Amicia, and David Black. Carpets for the home, London: Laurence King Publishing, 1999. Print.; Jacobsen, Charles. Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1962. Print.; Bashir, S. (n.d.). Personal interview.; Web site sources and dates of consultation vary (to be confirmed). Without prejudice to official usage.

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