Tribal Rugs

The rug weaving world is a world of tribes and towns. The work of the towns (Oushak, Kerman, Sultanabad, Agra, etc.) is known all over the world, but what about the tribes? From Central Asia, all around Persia, into Turkey and throughout Morocco, the most easily identified rugs are those of the hundreds of mostly nomadic tribes. Many tribes are of Turkic origin, but the Kurds are not. The Moroccan Berbers are the aboriginal inhabitants. Some have played major roles in national histories; others have remained peripheral and obscure. What they have in common is a certain style of economy.

Theirs is a pastoral way of life, dependent on sheep. The sheep is often defined as a device that turns grass into gold. Sheep eat grass. Sheep grow wool. Wool becomes rugs. Rugs are sold. All tribes are transhumant, or were until the central governments tried to settle them, moving their flocks with the seasons in order to procure the best pastures; cool in the summer, warm in the winter and always with abundant grass. This necessitates a mobile, nomadic lifestyle with horses, camels and tents. Furnishings must be made packable and portable. Tents have to be furnished. Wool is always available. Voila, the tribal rug is born, first out of necessity, then as an object of lifestyle adornment and enhancement. [...]

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Persia, 1930
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Persia, 1930
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Turkey, 1920
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