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Afshar rugs take their name from a nomadic tribe of Turkish origin. Though powerful in the 16 Century, the tribe was subsequently weakened and divided.
Patterns are mostly geometric. A design of one or two rhombi within an enlarged hexagon is common. Motifs of boteh (paisley) Cypresses and Tree of Life are also popular. Colors are generally harmonious and subdued.
Some Afshar rugs follow tribal traditions, while others follow the ornamental motifs of the nearby city workshops of Kirman. Borders are decorated with stylized rosettes and vines. Backgrounds tend to be dark with a constraining variety of colors.