Tribal items are made by various tribes of Afghanistan such as Belouchs, Turkemans, Uzbaks, Hazaras and some other tribes.

They are usually in darker or deeper colours as lighter colours are not so practical in villages.

It is believed by many that the word gul comes from the Turkish word for family or tribe and that each tribe had their own distinctive gul. As the tribes warred throughout history and defeated each other the victors would incorporate the gul of the defeated tribe into their own rug making. Today the different tribes simply use each other’s guls in their weaving and there is no restriction on the use of the guls.