Chobi (sometimes spelled chobee) rugs and carpets are sometimes
also referred to as peshawar rugs. "Chobi," which in a loose translation means "of
wood" or of natural colors, tells a good deal about the look of these rugs as they often appear earthy in color tone.
The Chobi style is highly characterised
by a thinly sheered pile, large print designs, and most predominant,
their antique ivory and sometimes golden tones. It is fairly unusual
for a Chobi carpet to have more than 8 distinct colors, and the
general overtone has a "washed-out" or sometimes even faded
appearance. Although Chobi often feature subtle designs and colors,
there are many which feature bold colors as well. More often than not, chobi rugs are woven in allover designs, although there are both
repeat patterns and medallions which are woven in less volume.
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Part of the popularity of Chobi rugs may be attributed to the
process of tea-washing which was in high demand in the early 1990's
going forward. This technique gives new rugs an antiqued appearance
through a special treatment which gives rugs a golden patina. While
Chobi rugs are not necessarily subject to the tea wash process, they
often have a similar tone.
Very nice examples of Chobi rugs are woven with Gazni wool, which
is a very nice grade of wool known for both its durability and natural
luster. Chobi carpets primarily come from two different regions,
pakistan and Afghanistan, however, more recently, India has also been
producing variations of this style of rug as well.