If you are an avid Persian rug collector then you would know that not all rugs are exactly the same. They boast with different and unique patterns, and even though two rugs look alike, the difference is definitely in the detail. Persian rugs have a rich history and it is rooted in several countries that are mostly found in the Middle East. Here the handmade-carpet industry is booming and some countries have become extremely famous for the carpets their weavers have delivered. Here are some of the top countries that produce excellent quality rugs.
The country formerly known as Persia, can be seen as the starting point of Persian and oriental carpets. Silk merchants traded their way through the country, enabling citizens to draw inspiration from their ideas and to create their own items. Many people make the mistake that all Persian carpets come from Iran and this is simply not true. It is an easy mistake to make when one realizes the influence that spread from this country once carpets started being produced. The people of Persia valued their carpet-making skills and today it is an integral part of Iranian culture.
Situated in Southern Asia, Afghanistan is home to many different tribes like the Tadjics, the Hazars, and the Uzbekis. These ethnic groups have produced wonderful carpets over the centuries that can actually be seen as relics. Two of the most famous carpets ever created came from Afghanistan. The first one is the Khal Mohammadi which was made by the Turkomans in Northern Afghanistan. It boasts with rich dark red colours and patterns depicting elephants. The second one is the Afghan Aqche, made by the Turkomans in central and northern Afghanistan. These carpets contain horse hair, wool, cotton, and silk.
Carpet manufacturing in Pakistan began the same way as in India and when the country was separated from India, many weavers chose to live in Pakistan. Many of them got work when the government supported the importing of silk. Today Pakistani carpet weavers still weave with their hands but they are mainly exported to Australia. It is often sold at a cheaper price compared to its Persian counterparts.
These three countries were the pavers on the road to oriental rug making and they still play an integral part in the carpet-making process today.