Kurdish rugs

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Kurdish couple displaying typical colorful handmade carpet

Kurdish rugs (Kurdish: قالی کوردی‎) are rugs woven by the Kurdish people in the Middle East, predominantly the larger Kurdistan region including the Eastern part of Turkey near the Taurus Mountains, Northern Iraq, southernmost Caucasus, Armenia and North-Western Iran.[1] When referring to Kurdish rugs within the rug industry, one is referring to those made within Iranian Kurdistan.[1]


Kurdish Rugs are stout and solid in structure, usually made in symmetrical knotting upon a woolen foundation.


Kurdish rugs and carpets do use medallion patterns; however, far more popular are the all-over floral, Mina Khani motifs and the "jaff" geometric patterns.[1] The beauty of Kurdish designs are enriched by high-chroma blues, greens, saffrons as well as terracotta and burnt orange hues made richer still by the lusturous wool used.4[clarification needed (to what does this refer?)]

The traditional Kurdish Rug uses Kurdish symbols. It is possible to read the dreams, wishes and hopes of the rug maker from the sequence of symbols used. It is this signification and communication both individually and grouped into Kurdish rug making[clarification needed (sentence fragment)]. Kurdish people study how meaning is constructed and understood by talking with the rug maker.


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  1. ^ a b c Neff, Ivan C. and Carol V. Maggs. Dictionary of Oriental Rugs. London: AD. Donker LTD, 1977. ISBN 978-0-949937-35-3

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