Bokhara: The Bokhara design is a traditional repetitive pattern using a design element known as a "gul". The gul design is actually a stylized flower. Guls often vary in shape and design from rug to rug, but in any given individual weaving, the guls are arranged in uniform rows and columns in the field. Generally speaking, the guls may come in many forms. Most often, they are slightly oblong, shapely yet geometric. Bokhara rugs are almost always wool pile on either a wool or cotton foundation however this depends highly on country of origin. Bokhara design rugs are usually woven with very few "top" colors in each rug. It's unusual to find a Bokhara rug containing more than 6 different colors. Colors are traditionally bold, including red, ivory, rust and black
Kilim: Kilims represent symbols of family tradition and tribal identity. No two hand-woven Kilims are exactly the same color in and size, which make each unique—a virtual piece of nomadic flat woven art, which historically was often part of a bride’s dowry. Weaving techniques vary from region to region. Only women do the weaving and generally on horizontal looms. It can take up to one year with four weavers to complete a larger Kilim. Antique Kilims are becoming increasingly difficult to find as collectors take down supply. Most Kilims are made from 100% handspun indigenous wool with natural vegetal dyes and hand woven on family looms.
Tabriz: Tabriz carpets are often considered among the finest woven rugs in the world. Tabriz carpets have great variation in designs including medallions, hunting patterns, prayer and pictorial rugs. Some Tabriz rugs may be extremely fine in quality and sheared very thin, while others during the 1960's were fairly thick and of a coarser quality. Tabriz rugs are often woven with wool or silk on either a cotton or silk foundation and rarely, if ever, feature a wool foundation. Color palette can vary from very bold and contrasting shades to subtle and even pastel coloring as well. Perhaps one of the most consistent features to Tabriz Carpets are the design elements: Tabriz carpets often have palmettes integrated into the borders, rarely ever have Islimi's (or flowing vines) in the background, and are most often measured in quality with RAJ count.