Royal Tekke Bokhara
6' x 4'3"
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New rugs are of the highest quality in their category and are handpicked overseas by the Bashir family.
Bokhara rugs are woven in almost any color, but they are perhaps best known for their rich red colors, as seen in this fine ruby red example. In handmade carpet culture, the color red signifies wealth, courage, beauty, luck and joy. To produce this piece's color, natural plant dyes have been used. It has also been carefully hand-knotted by weavers residing at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains using pure hand-spun wool. This piece embodies the traditional aesthetic found in carpets containing designs originating from Central Asia.
Its all-over design enhances any room thanks to the pleasing symmetry of its thirty six tekke and thirty six butterfly guls repeated in rows and columns throughout its field and fifty eight mini spider guls within the main border. The more rounded guls as well as the more geometrically rendered guls such as diamond shaped ones and four-sided guls have different meanings and cultural significance. For example, the miniature diamond shaped guls seen on the top and bottom skirts of this piece, are said to signify women. With its thick, soft piles and warm, earthy palette, this piece adds a cozy atmosphere to homes of both traditional and modern décor.
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. 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. Nowadays, 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.
Bokhara carpets contain a repeating motif known as the "gul" which are commonly found on its main field in larger sizes and found on its borders in smaller sizes. A gul (also spelled as gol, göl or gül) is a medallion-like motif typically found in traditional hand-woven carpets from Central Asia, West Asia and parts of South Asia. These motifs are very ancient and animistic in origin, pre-dating Islamic and Christian times. The origin of the term is uncertain and it is disputed to this day. In Farsi, the language spoken in modern day Iran, it is said to mean "flower" or "rose". Meanwhile in the Turkish language, the term gül means a "rose" or a "roundel" or even a "lake".
The symbolism behind this motif is equally disputed. Their octagonal guls are sometimes referred to by carpet specialists as the elephant's foot in reference to the elephants that would traditionally transport Mughal Empire royalty on their journeys. Other specialists claim that they represent jewels resembling those that adorned the palace walls and crowns of Mughal royalty. This is said to be the case specifically for the Bokharas produced in Afghanistan and Pakistan which are both countries that were ruled once by the Mughal Empire at its greatest extent, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Some handmade carpet specialits claim that the rounder guls do not have any relation to Mughal Empire royalty but instead represent celestial bodies such as the sun, moon or stars. They also claim that the more geometric shaped guls such as the lozenge-shaped ones signify women and that when they are attached to other guls they signify women and men together joining hands. Therefore, it is left to our imagination as to the real meaning behind each variety of gul. To view more Bokhara rugs, we invite you to visit our Bokhara Collection.
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