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Afghan and Turkoman Rugs

Central Asia is most likely the birthplace of the oriental rug, and the Turkoman nomads are generally accepted as having inherited the oldest pile-weaving tradition still in existence. Marco Polo's glowing report of the beautiful rug he witnessed during his visit to Turkestan in 1280, could equallly be applied to some of the finer pieces today. 

The essential characteristics of the Turkoman rugs have hardly changed for centuries. They are almost always red, ad their designs are usually based on either repeating gul and vegetal motifs, or hatchli schemes.