Style: Red Afghan
Dated: Mid/Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 270 cms / 8.8 feet
Width: 200 cms / 6.5 feet
A typical Afghan rug, knotted on a foundation of wool and cattle hair. The pile is wool and the knotting Senneh whilst the colour a beautiful red, and the wool lustrous. The eighteen octagons or gul are a very dark blue, verging on black. The guls placed in rows nearly touching (meaning they are coined as elephant’s feet), tend to be a great deal bigger than in Yomud and Tekke rugs. The design of the gul, which has a quartering of two light, and two dark patches, is filled with a cloverleaf pattern.
Instead of the ground being merely punctuated with the guls it is also flooded with star motifs making the piece a busy yet balanced one. The variety of the six-banded border gives the piece more of an intricacy and the drawing is sharp and clever.
Red Afghan rugs have been around for centuries and the red colouring is never changed due to old traditions dying hard; most weavers are very superstitious and believe a change of colour would bring bad luck.
Afghan rugs provide excellent value for money and can provide warmth to the coldest of rooms.