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Persian Rugs: Antique Afshar Bag

Antique Afshar Bag

These rugs fit into my Persian Rugs the O'Connell Guides section and are grouped with rugs woven by people who speak Afshar rather than the weavers of a particular area. Who then are the Afshar? Today many Afshar do not think of themselves as Afshar nor would they identify themselves as such. So how can we attribute rugs to a nearly forgotten tribe. As usual I suggest that political groupings have little relevance to weaving but language is very meaningful. Weavers who speak Afshari as their "Milk Language" are Afshari no matter how they describe themselves at any point in time.

The Afshar are one of the great weaving tribes of Persia. Originally one of the Ohguz Turkmen Confederation the moved to Persia and Turkey at a early date.

Afshar is a dialect of Southern Azeri. It is a Turkic language and represents the early history and the tribal nature of the people we know as Afshar. At this point in time with muddled or non-existent tribal structures it is helpful to use a linguistic basis to make attributions. The Afshari were a major Turkic confederation from the days of at least the Timurid dynasty to the Khajar dynasty. They are found in Kerman, Khorasan Turkey and Northwest Persia (East and West Azerbaijan) They weave attractive small format Persian tribal rugs. Afshar weavers also produce the finest grade of Bijars.

New and Antique Afshar Rugs

Tulip Afshar rugs

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Khamseh

Quchan

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Persian Rugs: Kerman Province Afshar Village Rug

Kerman Province Afshar Village Rug

Persian Rugs: Kerman Afshar Rug second half 19th

Afshar Rugs: Kerman Afshar Rug second half 19th

Detail of Back - Afshar Rugs: The Bowen Tulip Afshar

Persian Rugs: The Bowen Tulip Afshar

Here we can see the classic medium ribbed back typical of Afshar Rugs.


Thanks and best wishes,

J. Barry O'Connell Jr.


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