Rug Glossary

  • Moroccan rugs are usually coarsely woven with thick handspun wool which is left long and shaggy. These shag style carpets are known as Ben Ourian, and may come very plain with basic geometry in whites and browns, or highly stylized in a busy geometry with many colors for a bold look. Flatweaves are also found, but are not common.

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  • A general term referring to ‘tribal nomad’ but always used to denote Kurdish tribes in eastern Anatolia. Although the Kurds have been resident there for centuries, it is rare to find a pre-1800 Yuruk rug. Almost all are in scatter sizes, with a few runners. The patterns are geometric, though not as stark as the Kazaks made relatively nearby. Earth tones, oranges and rusts predominate, and the structure is all wool. Each tribe has its own design repertory.

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