Medium rugs come to our rescue in many different ways. Medium rugs are those rugs that are perfect for small and medium spaces, hence we see them as a main design element in many rooms in those sizes. Further more they are used as a rug to complete the overall design in larger areas in harmony with larger rugs in a space. Medium rugs are especially fun to shop because most tribal and dowry pieces are in these sizes. When we are talking about dowry pieces - which can be tribal in nature or city and village weaves - we are entering an interesting category of handmade rugs. Handmade rugs have been around for many millennia, however their techniques and the reasons for them being made very quite a bit. To give some specifics about dowry pieces in general, they are rugs that were made to be used by their makers, or their immediate family, rather than being sold. Hence after they are made they become the dowry of a girl that will marry at some point and then used in her home for decades before it is passed on to the children. So rug enthusiasts are quite often after dowry pieces as these pieces have sentimental value. They mean something real to those who made them and they were loved and used with care in homes of their makers. Dowry pieces have two main subcategories and those are city or village and tribal weaves. The main reason these categories emerged is because of the life style and communal culture of the makers of these rugs. Tribal rugs were more prevalent in tribal communities. Nomadic or semi nomadic people never truly settled, living with their flocks and taking them to wherever made it possible for the survival of their flock. The people of these communities lives were closely interrelated with the survival of their flock because they used everything the flock offered in terms of food products and wool. Wool was used in the making of tents, clothes and textile needed as well as rugs of course. In this case flat weaves or hand knotted rugs. City or village rugs were made by those people who were sedentary, and living in homes, in settlements. Still their animals were a great importance to these people, but they created the environments that their animals needed like barns and other structures. Their animals were also a big part of these people’s lives and just like nomadic and semi nomadic people they used everything their animals offered - one of the products being wool. They also made rugs with the wool aside from every other piece of textile they needed in their lives. Hence the subcategories of tribal and city weaves emerged in the general group of dowry pieces. Dowry pieces fall under the category of medium rugs aside from handmade production rugs made in these sizes because the looms used by nomadic, semi nomadic, city and village people made the making of these rugs possible. Large rugs or extra large rugs were never made by these people because of a few reasons. Their living spaces were never that big which made building looms that would make very large rugs unnecessary. For nomadic and semi nomadic people, as they were always on the move every piece of furniture and tool had to be easily transported, their looms being one of them. Hence, they never used large looms or created large rugs.