3’7″ x 5’10” Baluch rug, Late 19th Century, Northeast Persia
The field design in this tribal rug is composed of two different blossom ornaments arranged diagonally in rows. Between these rows of blossoms we find alternating lines of ivory, and red diamond forms also arranged diagonally. This design is more common in bag faces than rugs ( see “Baluch Tribal Traditions”, Wisdom, plate 35). The major border pattern is also uncommon (see “Baluch Woven Treasures”, Boucher, plate 22 for a similar version). Finally, the multiple chord side finishes, elaborate kilim ends, fine weave, and well preserved state of preservation combine to produce a remarkable Baluchi weaving.