Herat is situated in one of the richest and most fertile provinces of Afghanistan and is the third largest city of Afghanistan. In the 15th century, Herat was the artistic, architectural and intellectual center of the world. Today, Herat continues as a center of traditional artistic skills.
The Mushwani are descendants of Turkmens and a tribe located south of Herat near Shindand. They are sometimes incorrectly identified as a Baluch tribe. Mushwans have a tradition of weaving unusual and most interesting rugs. Their beautiful handmade rugs are quite unusual, as they weave a kilim and pile mix which is sometimes referred to as “embossed” or a compound weave. This is considered one of the most difficult handmade rug weaving, as they make the flat weave klim first and then make the pile on top of some patterns.
As a result of combining the two techniques the end product is more durable and also feels magnificent when stepping bare feet on it as you get the feel of klim and pile rug.
It will serve very well as a serviceable rug on the floor in heavy traffic areas for generations and can also be used as a meditation rug.
Please note, this is a very old rug approximately 60 years old, and so not in perfect condition. All handmade rugs are imperfect but older ones are even more.
Mushwani handmade rug
up to 60 years old rare.
280 x 204 cm
100% Wool Pile and Foundation
Flat Weave and pile
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