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.