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Chris. “They have a charm and naivety not
seen in more sophisticated productions,
hence their attraction to collectors.
“They weave what they see, with the
Turkmen tribes in Afghanistan now
weaving carpets with tanks or machine
guns in them, from their exposure to war.”
Village carpets are a bit more
sophisticated and there are a few more
people involved, including a master dyer
and different spinners to weavers. They
are more complex designs, often based on
religion, and are often used for ceremonies,
weddings and dowries.
City/workshop carpets are highly
sophisticated and made with better
technology. There is a designer who only
designs, weavers who only weave and
there is a business plan, with carpets often
commissioned by wealthy ruling families
or big businesspeople.
Chris says he believes the desirability of
antique rugs is on the verge of an upswing.
“Well-designed, beautiful rugs have a
timeless quality – like art that continues
to attract you,” he explains.
“They bring warmth and comfort to
a home. Some of my clients who bring
their rugs in for professional cleaning
and repair say it just didn’t feel like
home with them gone.”
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CLOCKWISE from above Colourful rugs being used as
saddle blankets for camels; a weaver at work in Turkey; exquisite
antique rugs like the ones you’ll see at Temple Direct in August.
the origins of carpets,” he says. “Once
you scratch the surface, you realise that
to understand carpets fully, including
their origins and identification, it i nvolves
politics, religion, wars, global events and
so on. Carpets are a fingerprint for a
particular part of the world.”
He uses the western part of Turkey as an
example. “There are carpet designs that are
traditional to the Muslims, but historians
have recognised Buddhist symbolism in
some of them,” explains Chris. “This would
have come via traders who bought carpets
in Far East China and brought them across
the Silk Road on camel trains for trading.
Peasants in Turkey saw the carpets and
memorised the symbols, then incorporated
them into their own weaving.”
There are three main groups of carpets
and within these are different types of
weaves, including kilim, soumak, tapestry
and carpet, utilising different types of
knots. The main types are tribal carpets,
village carpets and city/workshop carpets.
Tribal carpets are primitive carpets made
by nomads who don’t document in written
form, but use the rugs to tell stories of
their lives and events that have happened.
They’re mostly made of wool and symbolism
is often about seasons, nature, animals
and inter-tribal relationships, as well as
superstition and warding off evil spirits.
“The designs of tribal carpets are usually
geometric as that makes them easier to
remember without documentation,” says
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