Articles on Baluch Rugs

Pile Rugs of The Baluch and Their Neighbors -
by Dr. Dietrich H. G. Wegner (from Oriental Rug Review, July-Dec., 1985)

Pile rugs are an important part of the material culture of Central Asian peoples. The attraction that emanates from these textiles inspires us to learn more about the people that produce them.

Traditional patterns and colors, the way to combine them, as well as the material and the techniques of production are often determined by the ethnic origin of the weavers. This background also explains the way in which man and his product reflect foreign influences. This aspect for the Baluch and their rugs shall be studied in the following series......... read more.
Mind the Gap - Baluch Rugs in the Victoria & Albert Museum
by Robert Pittenger

The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, holds a small group of so-called 'Baluch' tribal rugs from eastern Persia and adjacent areas of Afghanistan, some with relatively early accession dates. This is not a collection of outstanding overall aesthetic merit, but there are several pieces of demonstrable age and beauty. More importantly, however, it offers the possibility of beginning a much-needed process of documentation of an ever more popular type of tribal weaving, whereas most previous contributions to the field have served mainly to emphasize the gaps in our knowledge of their time and place of origin. read more.....

Posted November 27, 2004

Prayer Rugs of the Timuri and Their Neighbors
by Robert Pittenger

The blue-ground rugs made by Timuri, Baluch, or Aimaq tribes in the Iran-Afghan border area between and around Heart and Meshed have been collected for a century. But have only recently been studied. Dr. Alfred Janata, in his talk about the 4th ICOC, gave a good kick to previously held Baluch attributions by suggesting that many of these rugs were not made by Baluch sub-tribes, but mainly by Timuris. read more.......

Posted December 8, 2004

Yacub Khani and Dokhtar-I-Gazi Baluch Rugs
Two Timuri Related Groups

by George O'Bannon

This is a fourth and final article in a series considering Baluch rugs which I saw and studied in Afghanistan in the 1970s. All of the other articles (see author's bibliography entries on Taimani, Aksi, and Mushwani rugs) were about groups of rugs which were woven in the mid 20th century. This article is about two distinctive design types which derive from a group of Baluch rugs called Timuri in scholarly, collector and trade circles which are generally attributed to the last half of the 19th century. These two types are Yacub Khani and Dokhtar-i-Ghazi Baluch rugs. read more....

Posted October 9, 2005


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