The Bedford 19th C. Baluch Rug
This is a wonderful old Baluch rug with a classic "Turkmen Line" border and an archaic medallion design. The dentilated teeth of the dentilated inner guard that bites into the camel field is something I have seen in flatweaves especially Sofrehs but never before in a pile rug. There is a pink red that can be seen in the detail shot which if it were my rug I would have tested to see if it is an insect based dye.
The border is related to Baluch Woven Treasures Plates 9, 11, and 20.As well as related to two rugs that I have recently reviewed, The Dodds Baluch Rug, and Antique Baluch Rug. I suppose if I searched long enough I could find a published example of this field design but none come to mind as I write this. One of the charms of Baluch rugs is how they be so similar and yet so individualistic.
Baluch Group Rug
Size: 102 x 74 cm
Region: West Asia > Persia > Northeast Persia > Baluch
Type: Rugs and Carpets
Date/Period: 19th century
Full Description: loss on kelim ends and nibbled sides
Baluchi Rug – Quatrefoil design
Dimensions: 147 cm X 96 cm, 4'10'' X 3'2''
Knots: short clipped pile, symmetric
Density: H30/10 cm X V40/10cm, 1200dm² ; 12/16 p.i 192/psi
Warps: thin white wool warps, tightly twisted Z2S, slightly depressed
Wefts: gray wool, Z2S, two shoots
Selvedges 3 cords wrapped with dark brown goat hair
Ends : top and bottom, 6 cm of weft faced plain weave with colored bands.
Colors: natural, heavily corroded dark brown, white, marine blue, deep salmon
The quartered foil design and the main border with a continuous vine or Turkoman line, are often encountered in Baluchi rugs. Problems with symmetrical knotted Baluchi type rugs is to know if they are Kurdish or Turkish. Is there a clue to make the difference? About 10% of all Baluch rugs are symmetrically knotted. I wish I had some easily applicable rule to tell a Baluch from a Kurdish or Turkish rug but it is not that simple. Design comes into play this rug for instance has a fairly common Baluch border. Color comes into play as well, this has a very dark palette and a fairly low number of colors (5). The ends are important as well. this rug has a very common stripped pattern to the skirts. The minor borders are common as well, tappets are a popular design. The main field quatrefoil medallions use a repeating leaf that is common in Baluch. The three cord dark goat selvage is exactly what we would expect with a Baluch rug. Ideally I would want to feel the rug for handle and wool quality but I feel comfortable in calling this a Persian Baluch. Not Afghan, Timuri, Qarri, or any other type, definitely Baluch.
Older Baluch Main Carpet
The carpet is very heavy so it was tough to hold for the pictures, Rug is rectangular and the sides are straight. The picture is off a little. There is loss to the bottom end.
Baluch Main Carpet
This is an unusual older Baluch Main Carpet in a Turkmen pattern. This is an older carpet but I stop short of calling it antique. The pile is still thick and full and this carpet has a lot of life in it. While coarser than one would expect in a Turkmen the rendition of the pattern is very well executed.
This piece does not seem Afghan to me so I attribute it to Iran. The heavy wool warps and wool wefts indicate age to me. The piece is in outstanding condition but is used so I attribute it to before 1950. Due to the color and pattern I attribute it to Iran/Persia. Before 1923 Persia was Persia and after that it was called Iran.
Baluch Main Carpet. Iran, first half 20th century. 6 foot 9 inch by 11 foot 2 inch.
Structure: Asymmetrical knot open left. 5.5 knots per horizontal inch and 6 knots per vertical inch. 33 per square inch (512 per square decimeter)
Yarn Spin: Z.
Warp: 2 ply wool white, tan, and brown.
Weft: 2 ply wool, brown.
Pile: 2 Wool singles.
Ends: warp fringe.
Selvages: overcast with brown wool.
Further Notes: reduced on bottom end into the main border.
Here is the reduction on the bottom. It has been professionally stabilized and represents no structural problem.
Older White Field Baluch Rug
Very nice small Baluch rug from Afghanistan. This rug is an interpretation of a Turkmen design most probably Ersari. The Badam Guli gul border is magnificently drawn. When you see the Badam Guli gul border always think Afghanistan. I never see it in rugs from anywhere else. In many ways the border is better drawn then we usually see in the originals. The rug needs to be cleaned and I expect it to be quite striking when clean.
Baluch Rug, Northwest Afghanistan, early 20th or late 19th century. . 32 1/2 in. by 40 inch. (not including fringe).
Structure: Asymmetrical knot open to the left. 7 knots per horizontal inch and 9 knots per vertical inch. 63 per square inch (945 per square decimeter)
Yarn Spin: Z.
Warp: 2 ply Wool, Natural white (wool quality is very high and the fibers are fine wool with moderate crimp.)
Weft: 2 ply Wool, 2 shoots. brown.
Pile: 2 Wool singles.
Ends: 2 1/2 plain weave skirt reduced on bottom.
Selvages: 3 cord Baluch selvage brown goat hair. Partially original.
Further Notes: Less than pristine. Old rewoven area and tear in the bottom right corner. Minor, barely noticeable, dye transference.
This is a dreadful picture but it shows you the pattern. Refer above to the scan for an idea of color.
Turkoman Gul Baluchi Rug
Genuine tribal rug from Central Asia. Containing Turkoman motives originating in the iconography of the early Yomut. Transformed into a this derivant symbolism by the Baluchi weaver who made this rug.
Even so the motifs on first sight look Turkoman they are independent. They can not be found in Turkoman weavings in this form. It is rare to find a piece like this in a good condition. This greatly enhances the joy when looking at it. It can still be used anywhere in a house. Thank you for your interest. Sincerely yours Hans-Joachim Homm
Very good for the age. Good pile with almost original length.The sides (shirazi) are all there. The flatwoven kilim ends are still there. These kilim ends show only minimal local
169 cm x 90 cm; 67.6 inches x 36 inches
Central Asian Rug with Turkoman Guls Woven by the Baluchi
Two Piece Aimaq Belouch Rug
approximately 6ft. by 4ft. 11in. (1.83 by 1.50m.)