9'4" x 5'
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New rugs are of the highest quality in their category and are handpicked overseas by the Bashir family.
The Afshar are a Turkic-speaking people, originally from Azerbaijan, some of whom have remained nomadic or semi-nomadic, while others have adopted a settled lifestyle. Although the Afshar were pushed out of their homelands as far back as the sixteenth century, to this day their designs still clearly show strong Azerbaijani and Caucasian influence. The multiple border designs are repeated within the rugs, incorporating stylized flowers, animal motifs and symbols in a great variety of colours passed down through the centuries. The weavers recreate the patterns of these rugs relying soley on their visual memory. The example illustrated is a flame design, whose delightful use of golden yellow, red and black makes it easily recognizable as an Afshar. Afshar carpets are slightly more subdued than those of the Qashqai, who are their neighbours in Western Persia. Afshar rugs are square in shape with a deeply ribbed back. To learn more about persian rugs, please visit our Iranian Rugs section.
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