Afghan Kazak Rug
Afghan Kazak Rug beginning in ancient times, Kazak rugs have added luxury, prestige, warmth and comfort to homes. Originally woven with strands of silver and gold, Kazak rugs were, at one point, symbols of status. They were placed in churches, palaces and within homes of the elite class. They were not only used as floor coverings but they often hung from walls and placed on the throne or at the feet of the king.
This one-of-a-kind antique handcrafted flat weave area rug would have taken a nomadic weaver around 4-6 months to finish weaving this piece.
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ORIGIN: Hand Woven in Pakistan
CIRCA: Pre 21st Century
DIMENSIONS: 49.5" W x 82" L
MATERIALS: Pure Hand Spun Wool Pile On Wool Base, Natural Vegetable Dyes
CARE & MAINTAINANCE: Gently vacuum regularly, professionally clean as needed
FACTS & HISTORY: During the 1980s and 90s, Afghan refugees fled the Taliban regime and settled in Pakistan. This resettlement revived a flourishing weaving tradition within the region which, was led by traditional Kazak/Caucasian motifs. However, the colors and designs would evolve as new materials and resources became available.
Before the resettlement, Afghan weavers only had access to; black, white, gray and deep red dyes. After the resettlement, additional colors like deep indigo blues, jewel-toned teals, ivories, and the classic rusty reds started showing up in the Kazak rugs. Some say the Afghan weavers were influenced by Pakistani design and others note that the new dyes were the most readily available. Maybe the most accurate answer is a little of both. Whatever the reason, these rich colors are now the staple pieces in modern day Kazak Rugs.
Side Note: Natural vegetable dyes were used during this time period but in the early 2000’s many weavers switched to synthetic dyes. Many reasons influenced this change but the most common reasons are increased demand, durability and global warming.