Flatweave Baluch Rugs
Baluch Type Khordjin
This is a double bag that was made by the Baluch most likely for use with a mule. The bag is full and intact except for the goat hair loops that closed this bag. Most commonly tribal bags use a loop and slit closure but this bag had interlocking opposing loops. Virtually every group from Arabs in Saudi Arabia to the Shahsavan, Kurds, Afshar, Baluch and others use the opposing loops at least occasionally. What happens is that the loops are a major wear point and do not often survive with the bags.
This bag has exceptional color. There are two blues a navy blue and a blue green. The reddish orange is very interesting as well. The normal chemical orange in these bags is a rather standard acid orange which very distinctive. This orange may well be either natural or a natural and chemical mix.
Baluch Type Khordjin Northwest Afghanistan, fourth quarter 20th century. 2Foot 1 inch by 4 foot 6 inch.Structure: weft faced weave with weft substitution pattern.
Yarn Spin: Z.
Warp: 2 ply Wool, white or gray wool.
Weft: ground color.
Ends: Intact Khordjin (saddle/donkey bag) .
Selvages: two 2 part cord double wool wrapped.
Condition: Excellent condition, “As New”. No tip fading or color runs.
Baluch Pile & Sumac Rug
This is a very sophisticated rug in terms of construction. The field pattern is raised pile, ivory background is sumac flatweave. The end finishes combine supplementary weft weave with sumac and twinning. This rug combines all the various types of weaving that we are likely to see in Baluch type weaving.
Baluch type, Northwest Afghanistan, late 20th century. 5 Foot 9 inch by 4 foot 6 inch.Structure: Asymmetric open right pile, ivory background is sumac flatweave. The end finishes combine supplementary weft weave with sumac and twinning.
Yarn Spin: Z.
Warp: 2 ply Wool, tan and brown.
Weft: brown wool ground color.
Ends: Supplementary weft weave with sumac and twinning.
Selvages: 6 cord selvage.
Condition: Like new condition, no problems.
This scan shows both the unusual complexity of the construction. These rugs make up only a small portion of the Baluch type goods and I am at a loss to go further in my attribution than Baluch type.
Belouch Rug w/Humans and Animal Border
approximately 4ft. 9in. by 3ft. 7in. (1.45 by 1.09m.)
with one ivory silk flowerhead,
Condition Note: remnants of original flatweave at both ends, oxidized dark browns, small holes, losses to selvages,
Baluch Flat Weave Rug North East Persia C. 1900
Description: BALUCH FLAT WEAVE
Origin: North East Persia
Date: around 1900
Size: ca. 250 x 123 cm