Afghan Hand-knotted Tribal Balouchi Wool Rug (5’3 x 9’6)

$1,000.00

1 in stock

  • Description

    Afghan Balouchi rugs are made in the villages of Zakini, Taimani, and Kowdani, which are located in the province of Herat, Afghanistan. Balouchi rugs typically have geometric patterns and lively designs, and dominant colors include blues, reds and browns. This particular rug was made by village weavers settled in central Afghanistan using traditional methods of weaving. As a result of the past 30 years of war and foreign invasion of Afghanistan, most of the weavers in the villages have moved to the cities and are no longer weaving rugs. Those still weaving work to keep their centuries-old traditions alive into the 21st century through the rug making process, which includes cleaning, washing and dyeing the wool which is sourced from local villages before the rug is woven.

    Herat Oriental works with over 2,000 village weavers to create beautiful, authentic, handmade rugs. The majority of the weavers are women, who live in the villages of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Persia and India. As we grow, we are able to create more jobs for female weavers who otherwise would not have the opportunity to do so. The community also thrives from rug weaving as the local farmers benefit from wool sales, and the local artisans create natural and vegetable dyes for the weavers to use in their designs. Due to the handmade nature of our rugs, the size may vary from as advertised by 3-4 inches. Regular vacuuming and annual professional cleaning will keep your rug looking new for years to come.

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