antique handcrafted Turkmen noman felt carpet from northern Afghanistan
Material 100% wool
Origin Turkmen nomads, northern Afghanistan
Known worldwide for their high quality and intricate details, Afghan felt rugs convey a powerful image of Afghanistan's rich history. A tradition that goes back thousands of years. The complicated and time-consuming process of making felt rugs requires 100% wool and many artisans.
Felt carpets are made by whole families. Usually, men complete the more labor-intensive part of the process by rolling and pressing the rugs in reed mats to ensure a tight weave, while women wash, sort and tint the wool, then sew the edges around the final piece.
Felt carpets are one of the oldest types of carpets. They were used by the Turkmen nomads living in the mountains to protect them from the cold. All of our felt carpets offered here are made by Turkmen nomads according to years-old traditional methods. Sheep's wool is solidified by constant pressing and the addition of hot water.
Felt has played an important role in the daily lives of many people in Central Asia for thousands of years. It's made from locally produced wool from hardy sheep (which sometimes look like goats). Yurts (the characteristic round tent-like structures) were and are important in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. They remain an important form of shelter and the outsides and insides of such tents are usually covered with thick sheets of felt. The leaves are often decorated either during the felting process or afterwards with embroidery and/or large cotton appliques sewn onto the felt itself. A related form are the smaller, rectangular felt wall and floor coverings, which are decorated similarly to the large tent pieces, namely with colored felt, embroidery, or applied fabric decoration.
*Due to photography and handwork, color variations may occur.
Handcrafted by skilled nomads, this stunning range of felt rugs reflect traditional tribal style and feature vibrant color palettes and bold, stylized motifs.
These felt rugs with vintage charm will add a wonderful presence to your home or office for years to come.
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