The term ‘Afghan’ is normally applied to any traditional item made in Afghanistan that has not been classified as belonging to one of the major Turkoman or Belouch groups (Beshir, Bokhara, etc). These contemporary Afghans, in combination with the Persian Beshir and Russian Bokhara, constitute the major sources of the famous ‘red carpets’ of Central Asia. Originally they were the sole preserve of nomadic groups, but today they are also made in villages and workshops. Regardless of where they were made, they retain the same designs, colours and general characteristics of the nomadic originals.
Afghan rugs are normally woven on woollen foundations, with between 30 and 160 Persian knots per square inch, using good quality, often lustrous wool which is clipped to form either a low/medium or medium pile. They are traditionally composed in either the ‘Elephant foot’ or hatchli design, although a number of variant geometric schemes are now employed.
Designed and established by Mr Khal Mohammadi, Khan Mohammadi are one of the most prominent ‘red carpet’ of Afghanistan. Similar to all Afghan rugs, Khan Modammadi embodies the rich, claret red field with the deepest ultramarine blue, as well as much lighter exuberance and boisterousness in light cream, hazel and auburn browns. Coupled with alluring intricate designs of motifs, Khan Mohammadi rugs are a charming example of the finest Afghan rugs.