Civic and Tribal – Rural Carpets

  The discrepancies between civic and rural carpets should be considered from two viewpoints :
  1 -  Differences in the technique of weaving:  
  The most conspicuous peculiarity of the weaving technique of tribal – rural carpets is coarseness of such tapestries. The reason being that often in such carpets, wool or cotton wrap with high strands (folds) is used and this is considered as one of the outstanding characteristics of such tapestries. From the simplicity of the weaving technique one can consider the type of weft of such carpets. The point is that often in tribal-rural rugs and carpets a thick weft is used therefore, such carpets are categorized as “ Takht – Baf” “bed-spread”.
  Unlike tribal-rural weavers, the civic carpet-weavers use more delicate wrap and wefts and produce more fine-woven carpets. This discrepancy of technique leads to production of more consumer carpets by villagers and more fine-woven ones by civic weavers.
  2 - Differences of type of design  
   Designs mostly appreciated by villagers and with a broader level of application are those with broken branch and coarse designed carpet the reason being their lesser complexity and simplicity of their weaving. For this reason tribal-rural carpets represent more original designs than civic carpets and they are woven using a lesser number of colors usually obtained from vegetal dyes. These weavers create masterpieces comparable to paintings of European abstract painters.