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How do Oriental rugs get their name?
The names of Oriental rugs are often difficult to pronounce and confusing to many. They conjure up images of faraway lands and exotic locales such as Sarouk, Kashan, Kerman, Bokhara, Peking, Samarkand, Heriz and Tabriz. The names originally referred to the cities, villages or nomadic tribe which specialized in a specific rug weave, pattern or quality. But using the cities to identify specific rug styles is no longer a rule of thumb since many patterns are now woven in cities - and countries - other than their origin. The names are now more useful in describing a pattern than discovering the area where the rug was made. Today, many rug names include a prefix that identifies their country of origin. For example, the rug name "Indo-Kashan" describes a rug with a Kashan design made in India, whereas a "Sino-Tabriz" is a Tabriz design made in China