In the carpet world, Pakistani rugs have become some of the most sought after items—their hand-knotted carpets and antique dyeing styles have reached the homes of many. The overall consensus toward a Pakistani rug is highly positive due to their durability, comfort, and stunning designs. Among the realm of Pakistani rugs is the Bokhara, or Bukhara--a fantastic and highly original Oriental rug.
History behind the Bokhara Rugs
Bokhara rugs were initially made by nomadic tribes and eventually crafted in both Pakistan and India. Bokhara itself was a very important trade center in Turkestan—as carpets were collected from there, they adopted the town’s moniker as their namesake. At the moment, Bokhara carpets are considered a highly popular item on the market.
Materials and Weaving Technique
A Bokhara is constructed with hand woven Persian knots. The foundation of the rugs is of wool. A single rug takes almost 5-6 months of time to be assembled from scratch.
Design and Color
Bokhara Oriental rugs are woven exclusively with a variety of patterns and colors. A common design incorporated into a Bokhara is “the elephant’s foot”. “The elephant’s foot" design is a traditional design that is executed where it is ideal, as too much of a single pattern would make any given interior look fussy and chaotic. There are other different types of Bokhara rugs. Several of them employ a zigzag margin around a row of either conjoined rhombus medallions or floral patterns in the center.
These rugs, especially those originating from Pakistan and India, can possess various tones of tan, orange, light and dark blue, green, blue, and even gold. When it comes to their appearance, Bokhara rugs tend to be exceptionally magnificent. The splendid array of colors evoked stem from dyes that are made naturally using local products and tree bark.
An example of the usual Bokhara rug comes in a deep shade of burgundy paired with a repeating design of octagonal patterns. These patterns are commonly dark blue, black or brown, with ivory undertones. The shapes and tones of the patterns vary from one tribe to another.
Because of their popularity, Bokhara Rugs are constantly being crafted and remain available in a wide range of sizes. They can start as small runners to large palace carpets. The highest demand in the market is a Bokhara sized from 2x3 feet and above. The Bokhara rugs are truly unique and add a sense of elegance to any home it becomes a part of.