Traditional tribal Baluchi prayer rug with an intricate tree of life motif within the mihrab. There are two elegant rectangular boxes to show proper hand placement during prayer.
Excellent overall condition with tiny area of wear in the cream field.
This carpet was woven by a Baluchi weaver in Persian Baluchistan, which is in Southeast Iran.
Aside from the burgundy colors, the design includes black, cream or tan, and small amounts of mint green
Natural wool woven onto cotton warp. In Iran, the Baluchi often use cotton for the warp, but among the nomadic Baluchi, the rugs are almost always woven entirely from wool.
Exact size is 6 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 2 in. 1950s – 1960s.
Last photo with silver dollar shows the backside of the carpet.
Baluchi tribal weavers — also Balouch — reside in an arid desert region that adjoins Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. About half of Baluch people live in Baluchistan, a western province of Pakistan, and about 40% of the Baluch are settled in the Sindh Province.
They make up nearly 3.6% of the Pakistani population, about 2% of Iran’s population (1.5 million) and about 2% of Afghanistan’s population.
Most of their rugs are small to medium in size, hardly surprising for nomads often living out of tents, and feature dark colors. They mainly speak the Baluchi language, a branch of the Northwestern Iranian languages.
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