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Bokhara Rug History, Antique Bokhara Rugs, and More
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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 called Tekke Bokhara after the rugs became so highly loved throughout empires. The rug eventually took on the name of the city Bukhara. People also mistake Persian rugs as Bokhara rugs as they are closely related.
For further clarification, you can read this post from Rugknots which explains how Persian rugs differ from the other rugs in the chain of Oriental Rugs! However, many surrounding regions craft Bokhara runner rugs. Although the most luxurious and popular hand-knotted Bokhara rugs come from Pakistan, Bokhara rugs are crafted in Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.
Because of their incredibly soft piles, Bokhara rugs are prized in the region and across the Western hemisphere.
How to Tell if a Rug is a Bokhara Rug
Antique 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. People also entitle these Octagonal motifs as Elephant’s foot.
Now, as the shapes of the motifs are concerned, they can be different. It usually depends on the specific tribe who construct them. That’s why people used these design variations to get a clue of the rug’s source.
The material used to make the foundation of Bokhara rug is Wool, along with with the Persian knots to truss the pile.
All these indicators could be enough for you to spot a Bokhara rug. Isn’t it?
Different Types of Bokhara Rugs
Salor Bokhara Rugs
Sailor Bokharas was originally crafted by the Salor tribe who lived just North of the northern Afghan border. Usually red and defined by at least one symmetrical row of octagons, these Bokhara rugs are beautiful. 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 Bokhara Rugs
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 — a style also known as a windowpane design.
Princess Bokhara Rugs
As they hold cultural and religious importance, Princess Bokhara rugs are more distinct than Royal Bokhara rugs. They are used for prayer, and, as a specific example, Muslims use them to pray in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
What makes Mecca so special? The religious architecture, or, more specifically, the Qibla wall. The Qibla wall contains the Mihrab which points in the direction of the Kaaba, a sacred piece of construction in the holy city of Mecca.
When Muslims pray, they pray in the direction of the holy city of Mecca. The Kaaba indicates how the mosque patrons should pray. All Tekke Bokhara rugs are hand-knotted wool with the finest Persian knots.
As Bokhara rugs have specific design pattern, isn’t it possible to have almost identical rugs all over? The interesting thing is it doesn’t happen. Two handmade Bokhara rugs can never be the same. The asymmetrical knot selection doesn’t influence the overall consistency of the rug.
Yomud Bokhara Rugs
Yomud Bokharas are named after the large Yomud tribe who are located over most of Central Asia. Yomud Bokhara 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.
RugKnots Bokhara wool rugs feature an exclusive double pile. We leave the top wool pile intentionally longer to create an extremely lush feel. An authentic Bokhara rug is hand-knotted. The most luxurious Bokhara rugs are crafted in Pakistan because Pakistan is the only country that uses double-pile construction. Yes, Bokhara rugs are that luxurious.
Check out some of our Bokhara Rugs
How do I style a Bokhara Rug?
One of the main purposes of rugs is to define the space. This client placed a 2x3 Bokhara rug in this sitting area to add purpose to the open floor plan.
Meanwhile, another client placed their 2x3 Bokara rug under the bench of their piano, helping give purpose and a soft place for the musician's heels to rest while playing. The wool also allows for excellent noise cancellation.
If you are recording, the wool will absorb any echo to provide excellent recording quality. You can also place one large rug under the entire piano for even more echo-cancellation.
Again, defining the space is key. This client chose to go for an asymmetrical look, but you can even things out by placing this Bokhara rug in the center, under both chairs. However, we like the subtle juxtaposition in this space. The style is very transitional but the Bokhara rug adds a raw, effortless touch.
Now, this is the epitome of effortless! This Bokhara rug adds indie edge and 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 area rug. Or mix and match! You can probably guess what we're about to say.
This rug defines the space! Instead of a mirror thrown in the corner, this space looks purposeful with the Bokhara rug as an anchor. And now onto our personal favorite. Come on, how cute is this? Choose one to fit your color scheme to have a unique wedding! Know what is even cuter?
RugKnots can custom design a rug like red Bokhara rug, green Bokhara rug, blue Bokhara rug with the name of the bride, groom and 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.
How do I coordinate Bokhara rug with patterned furniture?
Bokhara rug is eminent for its detailed alluring pattern. Now, merging two different patterns is a bit tricky – it could be implausible at the same time.
There are basic imperatives for their harmonization you shouldn’t mind following.
The first one involves constricting the color selection. You should choose two or three shades for a single space. Also, one of the shades should appear in all items including furniture and the Bokhara.
Second goes like choosing different sized patterns for any room. It’s like you should have a combination of small, medium, and large patterns. It would be good to have one repeat design, and that would be your rug.
And last, you should have a different type of prints. Wouldn’t it be so overwhelming to have florals all over? Go moderate between florals, checks, dots, toiles, stripes, and other patterns.
Now, see this 9 x 12 Bokhara Oriental rug, it has symmetrical diamond patterns on green and pink background. Its print doesn’t fall in the ‘Large’ category, so you can go for the furniture, most probably, your couch or chairs with big floral pattern. A striped or dotted piece can also do well with this flooring.
If you have limited pattern options, you can harmonize your area by wisely choosing the shades – as they are the one to have a deep influence on the atmosphere.
Bokhara rugs are rooted in history and help a stuffy room appear more cultured. Bokhara rugs are one of the signature textiles of Pakistan and can create a perfect juxtaposition in any Western-style home. Don't believe us? Try it out!
We will help you choose a selection of rugs that would fit perfectly in your space and our in-house designer can Photoshop the rug into your home so you can see it before you get it!
If have been searching the web high and low and still can't find the perfect piece, RugKnots can custom design any color, pattern, size, shape.