Herat Antique Oriental Rugs



Baluch Prayer Rug
Khorasan Region
Northeast Persia


36” x 64”

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The primary field motifs, frequently referred to as being ‘zoomorphic’, are comparatively rare.

More significantly, there are several features which contribute to the ethnographic and aesthetic importance of this rug.

The profusion of primary and secondary design motifs often generates the reflective response that a rug is ‘late’, perhaps 20th century work.

In this instance, that interpretation is not correct.

In reality, this rug appears to be transitional in character with visual evidence of multi-tribal assimilation.

First, the variety of secondary motifs is something not generally seen in what we accept as a purely ‘Baluch’ rug. This range, profusion and variety bring with it the suggestion of cross-tribal influences.

Secondly, there is significant design spontaneity in the zoomorphic motifs, an incredible amount of intricate, varied and subtle detail. This is indicative of a tribal, non-commercial origin.

Thirdly, the rug has a moderate amount of oxidation, an indicator of some age.

Fourthly, placement and design execution is the work of an experienced weaver who had a firm historical understanding of these elements.

Good. The pile is generally full. There are isolated areas of oxidation and/or wear.

Wool, natural ivory, two ply with no displacement (depression).


Wool, natural brown. There are two wefts between each row of knots.


Asymmetrical inclined to the left.


There are ten, extremely fine gray (a white mixture), non- foundational warp units bundled into two distinct cords. These cords are wrapped with goat hair. Portions of this wrap are original; portions have been replaced with lamb’s wool.


The end finishes have been lost but the ends have been stabilized to prevent loss of pile.


very supple

On Request

Sorgato, David, ‘Baluch’, plate # 45, page 106-107. (Published)
Azadi, S. ‘Carpets in the Baluch Tradition’, plates # 33 and # 24.
Diehr, F.M., ‘Treasured Baluch Pieces from Private Collections’, page 62. (Similar example)
Herrmann, E., ‘Seltene Orienttepiche #4, plate # 79. (cf. field motif)

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