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Bokhara Rugs Breakdown: What's a Bokhara Rug & How's it Made?

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The Power of Bokhara Rugs

The aura surrounding bokhara rugs is surreal with a touch of a dream-like vision. If you feel as though an explanation of emotion is too much to handle then let me personally share my experience with bokhara rugs.

Each day I come to RugKnots looking forward to the day not only because of the privilege to make viewers and customers happy, but sheer reason to STARE AT OUR BOKHARA RUG COLLECTION

Walking down the showroom where the larger sized bokhara rugs hang, even to quickly use the restroom, I just cannot refuse to turn my head and take peeks at the bokhara rugs. Maybe it's the reassuring feeling attracting my eyes to bokhara rugs making me feel a rapid sense of royalty, or maybe the tightly hand knotted New Zealand wool has a sheen that reflects the light so elegantly and I get sucked in like a tractor beam.

Even when I take a break, can you guess where I end up? 

OF COURSE! On a chair comfortably beside a neat stack of luxurious and colorful bokhara rugs with my phone.

I can tell you right now, I was not a die hard, rug fanatic just as most of our subscribers were not either — I KNOW you will get the same sensation and feel drawn like customers before, that you just NEED to be around bokhara rugs to feel an uplifting ambiance resonating through your spirit.  

Through out this blog you'll learn every detail about bokhara rugs from oriental rug professionals. We want you to know exactly what you are planning on buying, just like anything worth value in this world, because research is what  guides us to buy or not and to open our eyes — simple things in life, like bokhara rugs, contain rich history older than any of us.  

The topics discussed in this article will cover all the burning questions surrounding the mystery and hesitation on purchasing bokhara rugs.

The Birth Of Bokhara Rugs

The rich culture, history, and one-of-a-kind beauty woven into each hand knotted bokhara rug is unmatched. Bokhara rugs were born deep within an ancient culture that thrived in the Bukhara region of modern day Uzbekistan. Originally called “Tekke” from the Central Asian tribe Tekke, bokhara rugs were found lying on floors of grand empires, prestigious temples and eventually gave the Bukhara City its name.

Ancient middle eastern bazaar market displaying bokhara rugs and Persian rugs for sale.

Bokhara rugs are intricately and meticulously hand woven together in regions across the middle east from Turkey to Afghanistan, but the most luxurious and popular bokhara rugs, available at RugKnots, only come from Pakistan. Bokhara rugs have become a prized possession of royalty in the region and across the Western hemisphere. 

How Do I Know It’s An Authentic Bokhara Rug?

Known for their vivid, traditional red colors and complex oval or diamond shaped motif patterns, authentic bokhara rugs are quite literally breathtaking. Just like snowflakes are never the same, no matter how many have fallen over history, bokhara rugs are never the same since each are individually crafted.

2 photos of men working in Pakistan and map of middle east

Each wool knot of the bokhara rug is hand woven by a master rug maker, meaning it can take almost five or six months to be completed from the very first thread.

Up close photo of classic red bokhara rudBokhara rugs are covered in rows of guls, or floral medallions, and geometric patterns, which is a one-of-a-kind exclusive feature, stitched together with New Zealand and high-mountain Pakistani wool on a cotton base.

Photo of a grey and green bokhara rugPhoto of a traditional red bokhara rugPhoto of a blue and gray bokhara rug

Crafted in Pakistan, you can feel the authenticity and silk lushness of the bokhara rugs’ double-pile construction under your toes. Bokhara rugs are not only high-quality, one-of-a-kind and hand knotted, but they are affordable! There is a bokhara rug for every space in your home that needs completed because they feature many patterns and colors such as: beige, green, gold, black, blue, grey, and rose

More Than One To Choose From

Bokhara rugs come in many different shapes, sizes, styles, and types so you can match them to your home’s interior. Listed below are some various ancient types of bokhara rugs:

  • Salor bokhara rugs: Originally crafted by the exalted Salor tribe, Salor bokhara rugs are usually a deep, rich, shade of red and are defined by at least one row of symmetrical octagons. Within each octagon’s border, there is usually another smaller octagon or diamond shape and the interior sides commonly feature floral patterns. Salor bokhara rugs are meticulously crafted by the hands of passionate rug makers, and will make a home complete with their presence.
  • Tekke bokhara rugs: One of the most prized and beloved styles of bokhara rugs throughout history in the west — Tekke bokhara rugs are usually categorized as Royal Bokhara rugs or Princess bokhara rugs.
  • Royal bokhara rugs, or non-prayer rugs, are known for their window pane design, which features multiple rows of elongated renditions of octagons joined together horizontally and vertically with lines and alternating small, diamond motifs.
  • Princess bokhara rugs, or prayer rugs, are important symbols in Muslim culture and religion, therefore are more distinct than Royal bokhara rugs. Princess bokhara rugs have a mihrab hand stitched into their core, indicating the quibla wall, which points in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holy city, where Muslims pray. Tekke bokhara rugs are treasured pieces and the perfect cultural talking piece for your home.
  • Yomud bokhara rugs: Created and named after the prominent and distinguished Yomud tribe of Central Asia, Yomud bokhara rugs feature a deep red field with Persian or Turkish hand knotted style knots. The defining characteristic of Yomud bokhara rugs lies within their Caucasus design, which has a pristine Greek cross dividing the rug into four parts. Each part holds a simple yet beautiful white woven octagon to complete the essence of Yomud bokhara rugs. A less common variation of Yomud bokhara rugs uses a diamond lattice pattern, filling the field of the rug and holding geometric medallions. Yomud bokhara rugs are beautiful pieces that always bring light to a room.

What Are You Waiting For?

If you are missing that one piece to make your empty house an elegant home, consider a one-of-a-kind, hand knotted bokhara rug so YOU can enjoy a tradition stemming from the roots of ancient civilizations. Whether the rich culture and history peaked your interest or the beautiful designs and deep shades of natural dyes caught your eye, bokhara rugs are the lifelong staple to complete what’s missing from your home!

Photo of a classic bokhara rug in a modern looking living room


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