These Pictorial rugs are woven and made by tribespeople based in central and Northern Afghanistan, in the Bamyan and Kabul provinces. Local Ghazni wool is used as this is durable, hard wearing and takes on natural dyes very well. The wools are dyed using natural dyes (plants, root, flowers, bark, fruit skins etc.) and then hand spun, prior to knotting. Actual examples of dye matter include plants such as walnut, pomegranate, root plants and saffron. The design and patterns of this type of rug are often taken from what the tribal weavers would be able to see in their own habitat - plants, animals, trees and water. The rugs are woven by Turkmen and Hazara tribespeople. Each one is unique, much like an original painting, with each rug having similar characteristics, but a unique pattern. The wools used are hand spun and dyed using natural dyes such as cochineal and indigo, typically incorporating deep, warm colours which add to their dramatic and vibrant appearance. The wool is then hand knotted onto a cotton warp (foundation) and the finished rugs are then taken to Pakistan where they are expertly finished, including washing and trimming, before being exported all over the world.
This rug measures 7 feet 11 inches long by 5 feet 8 inches wide. ( 2.41 x 1.73 metres ).