I see a lot of "indo" this "pak" that for rugs online. What does it mean when someone says "indo Peshwar," "Indo chobi," "Indo Sarouk," "Pak Persian," "Pak bokhara" yada yada???
Great question, in fact this ties in somewhat with our last Reader e-mail regarding learning about Rugs and Carpets over the internet.
Basically, these sellers are doing two things in very few words.
The first word such as "Indo" or "Pak/paki" is the truncated name of the country of origin. Sometimes a vowel is added to the end of this for easy transition to the next word spoken (Try it! "Ind Sarouk" vs. "Indo Sarouk")
The second word is the attribution of design. A "Persian" design, a "Bokhara" design, a "Sarouk" design, etc...
The last thing to mention about these attributions is the most important. For example, two true Persian Sarouks from roughly the same area, same vintage and same weave may have very similar designs. There's a certain acceptance within the industry of what to expect from such rugs (although exceptions do exists). Going forward, and as goods became more widely imported to the US from rug producing countries other than Iran, these abbreviations combined with "design origination" became a quick way to imply country of origin, and proper style attribution.
In reality, what does all this mean? An "Indo Sarouk" would be an Indian interpretation of a "Persian Sarouk" rug or carpet. It's not actually a "Sarouk" as this has Persian implication, but it is a Sarouk design.
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