Old Afghan
105 cm x 78 cm
Nr. 18841


Geometric Old Afghan, dark red with border, diamonds and field pattern

Place of origin
Size105 cm x 78 cm (= 0.82 qm)
Manufacturinghand knotted
MaterialFlor: wool
Weft & Warp: wool
Pile height4mm
Year of manufacture1950
Coloringdark red, dark brown
EditionSingle piece

Place of origin

Rugs made in Afghanistan, so-called Afghan rugs or Afghans, are distinctive. In Afghanistan's cultural melting pot, weavers from Baluch, Turkmen, Kazakh and Uzbekistan met, bringing with them influences from their countries of origin. During the 19th century, Turkmen tribes settled in Afghan villages, which led to the influence of Turkmen weaving styles in the region. The designs of different tribal groups, including Esari, Salor, Tekke and Yomut, are diverse. However, the use of intricate elephant foot patterns (so-called guls), vibrant reds, ornamental borders and decorative ends ensures stylistic continuity.

Tribal weavers used natural dyes to create an enormous variety of reds ranging from deep aubergine brown to warm burnt orange. These bright colors are traditionally combined with clear blue and ivory accents. While Afghan tribes often use guls and jagged stars, the decorative borders and ends are the areas where weavers traditionally incorporate a little of themselves and their culture into the design. This also applies to the decorative rugs from Bukhara, where patterned Gul motifs are widespread.

The Gul pattern is a versatile motif used as a medallion or for repeating patterns. They can be placed against a monochromatic background or combined to create an impressive tile pattern. The rich colors and bold design of antique Afghan rugs make them spectacular statement pieces that can perfectly complement a variety of interior styles.

Due to the political situation in Afghanistan, only a few Afghan rugs are still produced today. This old Afghan is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.


The so-called field pattern of this Afghan is reminiscent of a lushly overgrown garden with geometrically structured, individually bordered flowerbeds. This design is distinctive, which is why field design rugs are also called garden rugs in German. The individual panels of the design of this Afghan show different motifs, but follow a strictly symmetrical, rectangular arrangement.

There is a reason for this: large parts of Persia and many other regions of the Middle and Near East are desert or steppe-like arid areas, in which so-called irrigation horticulture is often practiced. Water is brought to the beds through small irrigation channels. Field patterns reflect this irrigation system in a very simplified way. Due to drought in these regions, flowering and green gardens are also a characteristic of it. The field pattern is therefore probably due to the desire to bring a little garden and thus a little paradise into the house. In Koran the term garden, a word of ancient Persian origins, appears very often as an earthly counterpart to paradise.

The background of this Afghan is dark red. The border is dark brown.


This Afghan has had admirers before you. It was hand knotted about 1950. It has been thoroughly cleaned and only partially restored condition but is in good condition. We have not completely restored this Afghan because we think it is as it is a special charm. If you would like, we will of course restore the rug further for you. We can restore almost any rug to an almost perfect condition.


The pile of this Afghan has been hand-knotted from high-quality virgin wool. Virgin wool is obtained through the gentle shearing of sheep. Virgin wool is a sustainable, natural raw material with a number of impressive properties; due to the wool's natural fat content, the surface repels water droplets and is thus naturally impervious to dirt. Wool also offers excellent thermal insulation, has a regulating effect on living climate and muffles sound. The backing (weft and warp threads) of this Afghan is made of virgin wool.

The colors of this carpet change depending on which side it is viewed from. It depends on whether the light falls on the line or against the line of the pile. We have therefore taken pictures of this rug from different perspectives.
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