Handmade Afghan Barjasta Area Rug 265cm x 204cm / 8’9” x 6’8”


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Barjasta Kilim are made by Nomadic Tribes living close to towns in Herat, Western Afghanistan. The rugs are about 50% pile and 50% kilim flat weave depicting both floral and geometric imagery together on the rug. They are often dark browns and blues with contrasts in golds, green, reds and subdued yellows. Barjastas are very soft, all wool rugs which are light and pliable, folding easily.

Kilim or Kelims are also known as flat weaves because they are created with a technique called ‘weft wrapping’. Afghan kilim rugs range from complete flat weave to combinations of flat weave and pile giving a relief texture. Some are old tribal designs, still being woven just as each tribe’s original ancestors made them.
The methods of kilim weaving has remained unchanged over centuries. The vertical warp threads are fixed and they become the foundation of the kilim. Coloured wool yarns are woven in and out of the warps to produce a design which is invariably geometric in style.
Being so reasonably priced, as well as hard-wearing and sometimes reversible, makes kilims popular for those who appreciate a lively ethnic style and are very good for those on a budget. They also look great as walls hangings.
Afghan Kilims demonstrate a multitude of different hand weave techniques depending on their place of origin. Most but not all types of Kilim are reversible with all being very hard wearing. Our range of kilims include all the Maimana kilims which include Ghalmori, Chobi, Vintage, Natural and Modern. Additionally we have weavers making Mushwani, Barjasta, Qala-e-Now, Adraskan Herat, Soumak and Saghari.

Origin Western Afghanistan-Herat, Badghis & Farah-Semi Nomadic
Style Barjasta Kilim Rug
Pile and Weft Hand Spun Wool
Warp/Fringe Hand Spun Wool
Hand-Knot type Hand Knotted and Flat Weave
Knot count 50% pile 50% kilim
Pile depth / Rug thickness 4mm