oldest and most untouched style of designing Qashqai carpet weaving
and other tribes of Fars villages is “Ashkali” or “Variant”.
This design is a combination of features, motives and source
features, contrary to herbage and flower, have no direct and clear
connection with each other and they are not connected like other
designs such as “In and out fish” design, Nazim, Stripped and
The main particulars of Ashkali are geometric motives,
non-symmetrical featuring, irregular designing and imaginary
Weavers of Ashkali in Qashqai tribe are in 3 groups:
First, those who only perform Ashkali style and noting else, except
for some special instances. These weavers consist of Shakarlu,
Arabchupanlu, and Heybatlu sects.
Second weavers, who usually follow irregular Ashkali method and
sometime follow semi-geometric regular designs, along with floral
designs, like Rahimlu, Sheshboluki, Safikhani, semi Qashqais and Lor
of Khangasht village.
Third group includes weavers, who scarcely utilize Ashkali designs
or just for fun; Igdar and Chagani sects include this group.