Kazak rugs (sometimes spelt Kazac or Kazakh) are unique hand-knotted designs with geometric patterns, powerful colours, and a distinct appearance steeped in luxury.
Weavers in Afghanistan masterfully craft our designs; the wool used to produce Kazaks is hand-spun using a drop spindle. A normal-sized rug could take up to 10 months to complete - with teams of experienced rug weavers working several hours daily. Typically dominant colours are red, blue and beige/yellow with hints of gold. Each piece in our collection is made from Afghan wool, often spun in Ghazni. The Afghan wool is generally coarser and more curly than other wools and is excellent for carpet weaving.
When these hard-wearing carpets are complete, they are stonewashed for an antique-effect finish - the whole process leads to a rug that is as durable as it is visually striking.
Where do Kazak rugs come from?
Despite their name, the rugs did not come from Kazakhstan, and the designs themselves originated 18th century in the city of Caucus, Azerbaijan. The designs were often found in churches, palaces, and at the feet of royalty, which has led to the style being associated with tradition, luxury, and power.
Our rugs are designed and crafted in Afghanistan, as is the modern practice, though they are made in a traditional fashion that respects the rich heritage of the design.
Kazaks perfectly exemplify the Afghan styling that invites warmth and character into a home whilst presenting a nod to its more royal roots. Those looking for Afghan rugs of a different temperament would be suited to the bright multicolours of the Loribaftsor the finer, intricate designs of the Aryana.