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Turkman Rugs History

Turkmen rugs carry a rich history that can witness in the handwork done on the pieces. Turkman rug is a type of handmade floor-covering textile, that originally belongs to the nomadic group of Central Asia. 

It resembles many other styles of rugs produced in Pakistan and Iran, today. These rugs were originated from the Turkmen tries – the main ethnic group residing in Turkmenistan., also found in some parts of Iran and Afghanistan. 

 These nomadic rugs are used for tents, door/wall hangings, and bags as well. 


 What makes Turkmen Rugs special?


 The fun fact is that Turkmenistan’s flag is adorned with five main patterns of the Turkmen rugs.


It indicates the value of handmade rugs for the Turkmens. The flags’ motifs are placed in the representation of subtribes: Yomut, Ersari, Saryk, Choudor, and Tekke. Each of them has its specific design, distinct and noticeable.

There are kinds in Turkmen rugs, traditionally most of them are made of woolen, except for the silken wrap, generally used for dowry rugs.

But, these days cotton warp and weft are also used in its making.

 While making these rugs, craftsmen double-weft rugs with symmetrical (Turkish) Knots and looms are laid horizontally. 

Iranian Turkmen Rugs are denser than the rugs made in Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. Turkmen Rugs are used for various purposes and have a traditional way of setting.

But in this modern-day, they are mostly used for the accent or focal point in the space.


Dying and Painting of Turkmen Rugs!

The color palette used in the making of Turkmen carpets and Rugs is kind of limited. It varies in the shades of crimson and yellowish crimson, as both of them are obtained from madder.

Also, the subordinate colors are usually blue, white, black, green, brown, reddish-brown, and olive.

The dyeing material is mainly natural, but in some instances, chemical dyeing is also used, mostly in recent times.


Persian Influence 

Turkmen culture has blended with Iranian culture and that can be observed in the artifacts and handcrafted items. This influence can be the result of the ethnic mixture, such as Sogdians, Chorasmians, and Scythians. 

So, it is not unusual to find Persian names and patterns in the designs, such as Filpay (Elephant Foot), the “Chemche” (Cupped Spoon), Ayna(Mirror), and many more. This Persian inspiration is has led to many fusional patterns.

These interesting, bright shade of rugs have always managed to stay in the limelight because of their uniqueness and classic design and patterns.

You can find a wide range of Turkmen rugs on Pakbargain’s official website.