Ersari Rug

A Chance to WIN a Beautiful Ersari Rug!


Ersari_RugAfghanistan’s centuries-old carpet industry has some of the most highly skilled weavers in the world. Hand-knotted rugs are Afghanistan’s largest legal export, with one million Afghans working directly or indirectly in the industry. Afghan weavers have maintained their traditional method of creating entirely handmade carpets, from carding to spinning to weaving.

The featured rug is woven in the village of Aqcha, Jowzjan province, in Northern Afghanistan. It is a traditional Ersari Turkmen rug, having a Pardah design. Pardah means ‘covering’ or ‘hanging’ – and is applied to rugs used by the tribes to cover the doorways of their felt yurts. This beautiful rug was woven with all-vegetable dyes, and hand-spun, hard-carded wool.

The size of the rug is 6.2 x 8.10, valued at $3,000, and is donated to Barakat by Yayla Tribal Rugs, located in Cambridge.

Barakat has been instrumental in changing lives through education and literacy in Northern Afghanistan – with a particular focus on the communities that rely on rug weaving as their livelihood. We have two schools and 14 literacy programs for children and women in Jowzjan and Faryab provinces, in Northern Afghanistan.