Afghan Rugs

Khan Mohammadi rugs feature a few characteristic traits that you would see in other Afghan rugs including the geometric designs and the deep, rich colors. What differentiates Khan Mohammadi rugs from others manufactured in this region is the high knot count of the rugs and the high quality of wool that is used in the weaving.

History Of Afghan Rugs

Also known as Khal Mohammadi rugs, these rugs have an interesting and unusual origin, starting with their name. The rugs are named after a person, Khal Mohammad, which is very rare in itself. Most rugs are named after the place where they are woven or after the tribe that first started weaving them. Very few other rugs are actually named after any person.



Northen Afghanistan
North Region Of Afghanistan Where Afghan Rugs Are Woven

The 1970s saw a lot of turmoil and unrest throughout Afghanistan brought on by the Soviet occupation and the ensuing civil wars. Unlike many nationals who tried to flee the country, Khal Mohammad, a skilled dyer and weaver from the northern region of Afghanistan refused to leave.

Instead, he continued to create rugs whenever he could using his dyeing expertise to create rugs with the most unusual colors that had a depth and richness that were inimitable.

With a burning goal to showcase the skills of native Afghani weavers to the world, he set up several factories throughout the northern Afghanistan region and trained weavers in this highly skilled art of weaving and dyeing the rugs.

Till today, all Afghan rugs are manufactured only in and around the town of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, which is also one of the main marketing centers in the region.



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Example Typical Afghan Rug With Deep Red And Black Colors
Example of Deep Red Afghan Runner
Example of Deep Red Afghan Runner

Rugs In Any Color As Long As It Is Red

Afghan rugs are typically woven using wool that has been dyed to a deep, rich red.

What is interesting to note though is that although red is a distinctive color in all of these rugs, when you look closely at any finished piece you will see that it actually features an assorted array of deep red shades woven together artfully to create a unique, exotic hue that is one of its kind.

This skillful combination of colors that ranges from warm rust and vibrant terracotta to deep, dark maroon is what gives these rugs their outstanding character and detail.




Afghan Rugs: Rich, Regal & Reasonable

Manufactured in a region in the north of Afghanistan, Afghan Rugs have an interesting history and a characteristic appearance, both of which give these rugs a distinctive Afghan appeal.

The Man Behind Afghan Rugs

While most rugs were originally woven by nomads and tribes people for purely functional purposes, Afghan rugs, which you will sometimes see referred to as Khal Mohammadi rugs, were first created by one man- Khal Mohammad.

A weaver and master dyer, Khal Mohammad was determined to create stunning carpets that would be appreciated around the world. Through the tumultuous seventies, a time of unrest and civil wars in Afghanistan, he doggedly opened up several manufacturing units in North Afghanistan where he trained weavers to create these distinctive rugs. He also imparted his knowledge of dyeing to his protégés so that the rugs woven by every individual weaver were unique in design as well as coloration.

Given the huge role Khal Mohammad played in manufacturing, dyeing and popularizing these rugs, it was only natural that these types of rugs were named after him. Still, that is a rare honor when you consider that very few types of rugs are named by any one person.

Similar Yet Different From Other Afghani Rugs

While these rugs retain some of the trademark characteristics that you see in any Afghani rugs, the higher quality wool, the higher knot count and the more meticulous weaving techniques used in Afghan rugs gives them a superior look and feel.
In weaving these rugs, the weavers make very small knots using wool that has been first hand spun. This makes it easier for the weavers to make the smaller knots, which gives the rugs their neat, clean look. Of course, the thinner wool and higher knot count increase the weaving time drastically. A one square meter rug can take a weaver about a month or even more but the result is sheer perfection in every knot.

Another characteristic feature of Afghan rugs is that they are always woven using wool that has been dyed to different shades of red. Using his advanced knowledge of dyeing Khal Mohammad created an endless array of red shades that are used to dye the wool. These different shades of red were then woven together in different combinations to give each finished piece its own unique look.

Using An Afghan Rug In Your Home

Afghan rugs are versatile. Their deep, rich hues add a regal accent to any room and their high durability makes them ideal for use in high traffic areas in your home. Another advantage that these rugs offer is that because they are made in factories, you can even get even them in large room sizes so you do not have to settle for anything else if you’ve got your heart set on a large afghan rug. Moreover, these rugs are surprisingly reasonably priced, which belies their rich, regal looks.