Christies recently published a blog about the meaning of rug designs. According to them, a pattern has three fundamental elements — a unit, repetition, and a system of organisation — which can be interpreted in a curvilinear or rectilinear manner. Carpet designs can either fill the entire field with one repeating motif, known as an ‘all-over design’, or be centred by a dominant medallion, around which the rest of the design is ordered.
Two of the most popular carpets from Afghanistan are Khal Mohammadi and Afghan Aqche. This particular rug is a Khal Mohammadi, hand knotted by the Turkomans in the north of Afghanistan, and in some cases, they can also be hand knotted in Pakistan by the Turkomans who have crossed over the borders into Pakistan. The primary colours are dark red in different nuances. Occurring motifs are göls (elephant like patterns ) and octagonal (eight shaped) often with curvilinear flowers in dark blue, ochre and beige.
If you're looking for a large vibrant tribal rug, look no further. This particular rug was made by village weavers settled in central Afghanistan using traditional methods of weaving on a horizontal loom (ground loom) with hand spun wool.
Construction: Cut Pile
Material: 100% Pure Wool
Size: 340 x 254cm
Surface Thickness: 6mm
Certificate of authenticity will be provided.
How to care for your rug:
Vacuum regularly to prevent dirt from the surface
If spills occur, do not rub or spread the stain. Simply blot the affected area with a dry cloth or a tissue to absorb the stain and work towards the stain.
Use warm water diluted in clear white vinegar to manage the dyes
It's recommended that you rotate the rug (not too often) to equalize the surface wear
If heavy furniture is placed over the rug, use a protector to avoid damaging the surface of the rug.
If your carpet is of hand-knotted wool, do not worry about furniture indents, simple vacuuming against the pile will prop up the surface once again.
Professional cleaning: Every year, depending on the usage of the rug