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About Kars Rugs & Kars carpets
Kars rugs are often referred to as Kars Kazaks, but they have mellower colours than a true Kazak rug, particularly the Kazak rugs from Russia. Kars rugs come from Kars, which is a city in eastern Turkey that lies on the Armenian border near Russia. Kars has a significant Kurdish population and is the centre of Azeri culture. Because Kars is located on the Armenian border, Kars rugs tend to contain a lot of influences from other areas, such as Armenia and Caucasus.
Traditional Kars rugs and kilims tend to be made with darker colours yet contemporary designs are often made with softer colours, such as brown, pink orange, and white. These colours are easier to integrate into modern décor and are preferable for many people. However, these rugs are not all made in Kars. Rather, Kars is a collection point for village rugs made in the area. These rugs tend to display praying arches of various types and repeating patterns of medallions and geometric shapes. The designs range from simple tribal designs to more complex designs, which are created specifically for the market.
Kars rugs are made with 100% wool and use natural dyes. They are generally made with a knot count of 70-120 per square inch and are hand-woven and hand-knotted using skills that have been passed down through families for many generations. The pile is cut to a medium length in order to show the design clearly and because they are primarily village rugs, they are woven in the family home and mostly made by women. Kars rugs are also made in many sizes and it is easy to find prayer rugs, small area rugs, and runner rugs with Kars designs. Large area rugs are rarely seen.
At CarpetView.com, we pride ourselves on stocking the finest Kars rugs available. Each and every Kars rug is unique because each one is hand-woven so that no two can be alike. We go to the weavers themselves and choose the rugs we want to sell. There are no distributors or middle men delivering rugs to us. Because we go to the weavers and have done so for decades, we have established relationships with them and this means that we know which weavers are the best. After all, we have a great love of carpets and we want to provide our customers carpets we would be proud to display in our own homes.
Even though we get our carpets and rugs directly from the weavers, we still put each carpet through three separate quality assurance checks to ensure they are the best. One check happens when the carpet is bought from the weaver, one happens when we photograph it and put it into storage, and the third one happens before we ship the carpet to the customer. If you are concerned about purchasing a rug online, then you can rest easy.