It is said that Caucasian design Peshawar oriental rugs are mainly exported from Pakistan and Afghanistan, often made by Afghan weavers in their homes. These rugs are sometimes referred to as “pak caucasian” rugs or as “Kazak” rugs.
Rather than featuring colors of typical Peshawar rugs, this particular variety often features significantly brighter reds, blues and ivory. A red field is one of the more common of the three colors. The style of this variety of the “Kazak” design is also much different than typical examples of Peshawar weavings. Often designs feature geometric (or rectilinear) design elements and outlines, embracing Kazak designs of past. Often the foundation (and fringe) of this variety is cotton and of a grey or charcoal color tone. There are examples which may have a double cord cotton foundation, with each of a different color (at times light grey and deep charcoal to give the barber pole look). Edges (or selvages) often are flatwoven, and upwards of 1/2" wide using alternating red and blue yarn every 1/2" on each side.
These rugs come in a wide array of qualities and knot densities. However, they feature three main qualities which are generally commercially available: a straight wool pile, with a medium to high luster, as well as a thin, low pile height.
It is said the wool is dyed with natural dyes, however, there are certain colors used in these rugs which may reflect a very low percentage of actual “natural” dyes. This variety of rug has been imported from Pakistan for the last 10 years or so, but weaving has migrated somewhat in recent years. It is not uncommon to find these rugs at a local retailer, or even bazaars around the globe.
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