Baluch(?) Main Carpet, NE Persia, 19th C., 7’ 4” x 9’ 11”

While the palette of this rug indicates the provenance, the attribution is unclear.  Woven with a symmetric knot coupled with a dark wool wefting, the structure is atypical for rugs of this design type, reputed to originate from the Torbal-i-Heydari region of NE Persia (Khorassan Province).

It is possible it may be a “Kurdish” rug, an attribution often used when one is uncertain as to may have actually woven it.  The design, referred to as the “Mina Khani” motif, is more often seen drawn with such precision as to leave some with the impression that the art is ‘stiff’ and ‘formulaic’.  This is not the case with this example, as the quirks of design are the result of a free hand drawing, probably without the use of a graph or ‘cartoon’ by which many village/urban weavings were made. 

But to know who wove it is not necessary as the rug speaks for itself.  Probably woven for a special person and/or occasion, such rugs were not part of the everyday life of these people in NE Persia.  Undoubtedly used sparingly, the condition is good with no holes or repairs, and the colors are all derived from natural dyes.


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