The Bokhara Rug

Posted on Mar 02, 2010.

[caption id="attachment_225" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Chor Bakr Necropolis, near Bukhara, Uzbekistan. One of the sites on the ancient Silk Road."][/caption]

 

These rugs originated from the Uzbekistan region of Samarkand and Bukhara where their roots are traced back to ancient times. Over the centuries, Bokhara rug designs have also come from eastern Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Central Asia, the nomadic tribes people wove the famous “red rugs” and used the madder plant to achieve the amazing variety of red and red-brown hues that Bokharas were so well known for. They are traditional in design and offer classical colours, with unsurpassed workmanship that is reflective of their history.

The selection of Bokharas at Indo Designer Rugs are from Pakistan where imported merino wool is used to create the soft sheen in the pile of these beautiful rugs which are often mistaken for silk. Characteristic of Pakistani weavers, these rugs are single knotted. The density of the knot varies from 160 to 320 knots per square inch and the quality of the rugs increases with the number of knots and colours. The warp and weft is usually cotton and is very fine, rendering it nearly invisible.

Bokhara rugs are distinctly known for their repetitive geometric patterns. The designs are small and resemble medallions: they repeat in columns and rows, from one end to the other. This world famous rug will accent any interior décor and will last for many lifetimes to come.

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