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Bokhara rugs are a RugKnots speciality.
Below, I answer literally any question you could possibly have about Bokhara rugs!
Where do Bokhara Rugs Come From?
Bokhara rugs come from the Bukhara region of modern day Uzbekistan
It is said that the style now known as Bokhara was originally call Tekke. After the rugs became so highly in over empires, the rug eventually took on the name of the city Bukhara.
However, many surrounding regions craft Bokhara rugs. Although the most luxurious and popular Bokhara rugs come from Pakistan, Bokhara rugs are crafted in Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.
Because of their incredibly soft piles, Bokhara Rugs rugs are prized in the region and across the Western hemisphere.
How To Tell if a Rug is a Bokhara Rug?
Bokhara rugs are usually Tekke faced and are defined by their symmetrical patterns of repeated oval or diamond shaped motifs.
They are traditionally designed with tones of rich red but also feature green, rose, ivory, and grey hues.
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Different Types of Bokhara Rugs
Salor Bokhara Rugs
Salor Bokharas were originally crafted by the Salor tribe who lived just North of the northern Afghan border.
They are usually red in color and are defined by at least one symmetrical row of octagons. Every octagon usually features a smaller octagon or diamond within its border. The interior sides of each octagon usually feature one to three flowers.
Tekke Bokharas are one of the most prized oriental rugs styles and are usually divided into two types:
- Royal Bokhara Rugs (non-prayer rugs)
- Princess Bokhara Rugs (prayer rugs)
Royal Bokhara Rugs:
Usually feature a red primary with multiple rows of elongated renditions of octagons joined horizontally and vertically with lines and alternating small diamond motifs.
This style is also known as a window pane design
As they hold cultural and religious importance, Princess Bokhara rugs are more distinct than Royal Bokhara rugs.
A mihrab is a semicircular niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the qibla wall. The qibla wall contains the the mihrab which points in the direction of the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
When Muslims pray, they pray in the direction of the holy city of Mecca. This wall indicates the way in which the mosque patrons should pray. All Tekke Bokhara rugs are hand knotted wool with the finest Persian knots.
Yomud Bokharas are named after the large Yomud tribe whom are located over most of Central Asia.
Yomud rugs have a more Caucasian-like (meaning from the Caucus region) design. They feature a deep red field with either Persian or Turkish knots.
One of the most common designs has the field divided into four by a Greek cross, with small white octagons woven in the quarters.
A less common design has an all over field of a diamond lattice pattern with geometric medallions within each diamond
Rug Knots Bokhara rugs feature an exclusive double pile. We leave the top wool pile intentionally longer to create an extremely lush feel.
An authentic Bokhara is hand knotted.
The most luxurious Bokharas are crafted in Pakistan because Pakistan is the only country that uses the double pile construction. Yes, Bokhara rugs are that luxurious.
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How do I style a Bokhara Rug?
Here are some images to help you out!
On of the main purposes of rugs is too define the space.
This client placed a 2x3 Bokhara rug in this sitting are to add purpose to the open floor plan.
This client chose to place a 2x3 Bokara under the bench of their piano.
This helped give purpose and a soft place for the musicians heel to rest while playing. The wool also allow for excellent noise cancellation.
If you are recording, the wool will absorb any echo to provide excellent recording quality. You can also place on large rug under the entire piano for even more drama.
Again, defining the space is key.
This client choose to go for an asymmetrical look but you can totally even things out by placing this Bokhara in the center.
I really like the subtle juxtaposition in this space. The style is very transitional but the Bokhara adds a raw, effortless touch.
Now this is the epitome of effortless!
This Bokhara adds that indie edge and add a warm soft place for cold toes to land in the morning!
Grab two matching Bokhara rugs for either side of your bed for an alternative to the traditional are rug.
Or mix and match!
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This rug totally defines the space! Instead of a mirror thrown in the corner, this space looks purposeful with the Bokhara anchor.
And now onto my personal favorite...
How cute is this?
Choose one to fit your color scheme to have a totally unique wedding!
Know what is even more cute?
RugKnots can custom design a Bokhara with the name of the bride and groom and the wedding date hand knotted into the rug!
Use the rug on your big day and then hang the heirloom on the wall as a keepsake for generations
As you can see Bokhara rugs are rooted in history and help a stuffy room appear more well traveled.
Bokhara rugs are one of the signature textiles of Pakistan and will create perfect juxtaposition in a Western style home.
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We have our Ask a Designer Program where our fabulous designers can help choose the perfect rug for your space.
I can choose a selection of rugs that I think would fit perfectly in your space...
And our fabulous in house graphic designer, George can photoshop the rug into you home so you can see it before you get it!
If have been searching the web high and low and still can find the perfect piece, RugKnots can custom design any color, pattern, size, shape...
You name it, we can most likely design it for you.
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