Carpets woven by Afshar Tribe

Persian Carpets woven by Afshar Tribe living in Southern Persia

Afshar nomads are related to Kurdish nomads who used to live near the border between the two provinces of Kurdistan and Eastern Azerbaijan, north western region of Persia.

During the war between the Ottoman and Safavi Empires (Turks & Persians) in the 15th century, many clans were forced to flee their homeland near the border and moved deep into safer provinces in Persia. Nomadic Afshar people were one of these tribes who made a mass migration deep into the south (Kerman province) and settled around the towns of Shahr-Babak, Sirjan and the village of Pardsir.

Persian rugs woven in the villages of Marj and Paghaleh use pine tree designs (sometimes in mirror effect) and animal figures such as stylised peacocks, dogs and goats. Most animals are coloured in red, blue, green and black. However when a weaver puts a black goat in the design, it is usually in memory of a lost person in the family.

Persian rugs woven in the villages of Marj and Paghaleh use pine tree designs (sometimes in mirror effect) and animal figures such as stylised peacocks, dogs and goats. Most animals are coloured in red, blue, green and black. However when a weaver puts a black goat in the design, it is usually in memory of a lost person in the family.

Some of the finer Afshar carpets from Share-babak, have repeated hexagonal panels with stylised trees in the middle of panels and in between. Moreover Peacocks or bird symbols that are seen on the trees, represent Tree of Life design.

The majority of Afshar population settled in the city of Sirjan and almost every house in the city has one or two looms actively making bold and strong coloured rugs with thick weft and thus stiffer body. There is no workshop production from Sirjan nor any village or town in which Afshar people live, therefore there is vast and interesting design. Rugs are produced by this tribe for centuries and some of them are highly recommended by dealers arrond the world as potential collector’s items.

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