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TRIBAL & ARTISAN RUG TRADITIONS
The Turkish handmade rugs and Persian handmade rugs you see at Pasha Rugs represent a history that goes back to 3,000 B.C. to the early sheepherders and nomadic people of Asia.  These handmade, wool rugs were both practical and esthetic.  They covered the walls and floors of tents and served as blankets.  Smaller weavings were made into saddle bags and other household items.  During yearly migrations these durable textiles were easily loaded on camels or horses and taken to the new campsite.  Our antique rugs still connect to the original traditions of rugmaking.

The tents are disappearing now but the tradition of using handmade rugs to add comfort and beauty to our homes is still alive.  And the weaving of rugs has become a recognized art form passed from Mother to Daughter. 

The women weave the rugs around their life in the village and the rugs express their thoughts and feelings.  In the midst of all the chores, and the hard realities of daily life, weaving a rug has always offered a time of beauty and spiritual comfort.  Weaving a rug was and is seen as a labor of joy, a way of recreating the universe.  As a weaver would often even spin her own wool from sheep in her village, the traditions are truly organic.

The rugs are often very personal. A woman might make a kilim for the Mosque, or a sumak to express gratitude for the birth of a child, or to overcome a great sorrow.  Handmade rugs also represented family wealth and status.  They were used for a dowry when girls were married, and were very valuable as trade goods.

The symbols, types, patterns and colors found in the handmade rugs all have meanings that can be "read".  They tell what tribe the rug came from, often what family, and the feelings of the weaver.  Even today many ceremonies still surround the making of a rug.  For instance, when a rug is ready to be started, for good luck, a young child is often told to run through the room crying, "Make it easily, finish it soon!"  And just before a rug is finished neighbors come in and put a few knots in to finish the rug.  They cut the warp and say a blessing because the weaver lived long enough to see the rug finished and enjoy her labors.

So you see, so much of our culture is woven into the handmade rugs and carpets that they have become an art form.  This is why, at Pasha Rugs, we say our rugs are made "By hand, By Heart & By Tradition".   We are personally connected to these traditions, very proud of them and able to build a bridge for you.

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Pasha Rugs  15 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ  08530 609.397.5434
 
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