Unlike the typical Afghan rug that is named after its city of origin, Khal Mohammadi is named after a renowned rug producer and dye master. Mohammadi developed the red tones found in these rugs 30 years ago. With Ersari Turkmen heritage, Mohammadi introduced the traditional tribal patterns of repeated columns of ‘gul‘ or ‘fil pai‘ (elephant prints) into the Khal Mohammadi rugs.
Some say.. 150 years ago, an expert dyer named Mohammadi created the exotic hues that Khal Mohammadi rugs possess today. Others believe that Khal Mohammadi rugs were originally woven by Ersari Turkmen weavers in Northern Afghanistan instead of a single individual or workshop.
Nowadays, “Khal Mohammadi” is used to name the fine quality Afghan rugs which share the same style of weaving techniques, color palettes, patterns, and quality of the original pieces.
Nowadays, Khal Mohammadi rugs are mainly crafted in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, and near the border of Pakistan.