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Although Afghanistan shares its western border with Iran, its carpets have more in common with the tribal weavings of Central Asia in terms of color, design, and weave than with their more sophisticated Persian counterparts. The Afghanis are a nomadic, tribal population constantly traveling from one place to another. Their rugs, woven on small portable looms, are mainly produced for use in their homes, namely to adorn their tents. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Afghan weavings are available in limited quantities in small rug sizes. Many Afghani rugs feature vegetable-dyed Afghani wool. They’re available in coarse to medium weaves, as well as kilims.

Since Islam customs forbids the depiction of human and animals, Afghan rugs are characterized by their geometric patterns. The “Afghan Bokkara,” contains a gul motif — a large quartered octagon also known as an “elephant’s foot.” The Belouch rugs are also popular. Belouch rugs are prayer rugs featuring geometric shapes. Meanwhile, “war rugs” depict a lot of military paraphernalia including tanks, grenades and guns.

Afghani rugs usually come in dark red with black, blue, ivory or green themes. They’re appealing for someone looking for something truly ethnic and oriental.