Afshar Rugs & Carpets

The rugs of the Afshar tribes constitute one of the most interesting and ingratiating types of all Persian rustic weaving. The story is complex, and a bit of historical and ethnographic background is useful. The Afshar tribal group is located near Kerman city in Kerman Province in SE Persia. Originally, they were part of the Central Asian Turkmen Ghuz or Group of Turkic Tribes. By the later 15th century this section had split off and migrated to Azerbaijan in NW Persia. As nomadic tribes tend to be seen by complex social systems, they were often turbulent and undisciplined, and so most of them were forcibly relocated by Shah Tahmasp in the 16th century as far from Azerbaijan as possible. A few Afshars still reside in the northwest, but their rugs are quantitatively insignificant and do not resemble their southeast Persian relatives.

The Kerman area tribal Afshars consist of two groups: the Afshars proper, south of Kerman town and the Buchakchis to the west. The Buchakchis must have split off from the main Afshar group before the nineteenth century. The Sirjan and Rafsanjani Afshars are Buchakchis. So are the Niriz Afshars. The rugs of the various tribal groupings are closely related, and they are all considered Afshars. The nomadic Turkic tribal folks have long intermarried with the settled Persian farmers and, again, all their rugs are considered Afshars. The Afshar tribal people speak both Turkish and Farsi. The nomadic Afshars seasonally migrate from cooler summer mountain pastures to warmer winter lowlands. [...]

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No. 26952
Persia, 1930
4 ft. 10 in. x 7 ft. 5 in.
1.47 m x 2.26 m
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Persia
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Persia
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No. 24450
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No. 24453
Persia
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Persia
10 ft. 2 in. x 15 ft. 9 in.
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Persia
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Persia
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Persia
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