Afshar rug, Exhibition ‘South Persian Tribal Rugs’

Afshar rug
from southern Persia
circa 1900
Size: 175 x 132 cm


The Afshar are a turkic speaking tribe which incorporates both settled and nomadic people. They are of turkic stock, originally from the province of Azerbaidjan in the northwest of Persia, and are believed to have been dispersed initially by Shah Tahmasp in the 16th century and subsequently by other rulers who also saw them as a threat to their own stability. Whilst some groups later settled in other parts of north Persia and Turkey, the group best known for its fine carpets inhabit the area south of Kirman in southern Persia.
The field composition is quite typical of Afshar rugs with an indigo blue field upon which the principal motifs are two floating diamond medallions.