Old northern afghan rug

Feb 03, 2020. 10:59 UTC
Old northern afghan rug
United States of America

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I purchased this rug in eastern Afghanistan. I was told it's from a northern province and is about 70-80 years old. There are many imperfections in the rug, and it looks like it's been repaired. The measurements are 4'10" by 4'. One side is only 3'10" instead of a full 4'. It has a shorter fringe than the ones I'm used to seeing, but that could be due to many different things and I'm no expert. It's a thread base with wool knotted pile. I'm not sure if the base is cotton or wool. It feels somewhat rough.


I purchased it from a bazaar in eastern Afghanistan in a small military post. I am currently in Afghanistan and cannot receive phone calls. Email is better for contacting me.

Answered within 4 days
Feb 07, 20:29 UTC
By Morgan C

Fair Market Value

$400 - $700 USD

Insurance Value

$1,100 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Roxanne,
Thank you for choosing Mearto once again for your appraisal inquiry. Your rug is an antique, early to mid 20th century, Tribal Afghan Kilim. It is handwoven out of naturally dyed wool and is in good to fair condition based on its age. The design on the rug is full of symbols for protection and strength. In the center field is found the Ram's Head (power and strength), Dragons (power and strength), Cengel or hook ( ward off the evil eye), and dogs (protection, trust, and defense). The borders of the rug contain flowers, which symbolize a time of new beginnings, rebirth, and fertility, as well as what might be an Im or family sign. This rug was most likely not made for export but was a part of a dowery. Based on recent price realization for items that are similar to yours, a fair market value estimate would be between 400 and 700 US dollars.
Best Regards,

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