Baluch Prayer Rug, NE Persia (Khorassan), late 19th Century, 3’ x 5’ 9”

Baluch prayer rugs are another type of weaving from Persia and Afghanistan that I seldom represent.  Many seem to be contrived, ie. made for market with little of the tribal aesthetics to which I am drawn. 

But I like this one as the primary design element is very unusual.  Normally these weavings from Khorassan are not so colorful either, normally dominated by a blue/red palette or a camel wool/browny red hue. 

This example, though, is exceptionally colorful when one gets close to it.  The trees in the field, mihrab and hand panels is a very desirable design type, rare and seldom seen used as an overall pattern.

The condition is good, with no holes or repairs.  The colors are all derived from natural dyes.

 

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