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Brightly coloured hand woven wool Baluchi rug/kilim.This rug has the Baluchi style 'skirt', the plainer woven bits on either end. This is a very traditional type of weaving which spread across the East.

4 feet 8" x 2 feet 8"

Perfect condition, colours accurate, a lovely rug. It would look nice in a study or lounge perhaps.

Kilims at their best are not only extremely decorative; they serve a highly utilitarian purpose. Inspired by the natural colors of the landscape and rugged terrain, the patterns of these kilims tend to be simple and bold. Among the best known are those of Maimana, Baluch, Turcoman, Uzbek, Timpani, and the Kazak.

This Baluchi Kilim is hand-knotted in Afghanistan back in the 1980s; it is clean and is in perfect condition. Please bear in mind that these are handmade rugs and are sometimes not a perfect square or rectangle in shape.


HISTORY:

Baluchi carpets (also called Baluch or Beluchi carpets) are handmade carpets originally made by Baluch nomads living near the border between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. These nomads also occur in a smaller scale in Bahrain and in the Punjab province of India. About 70% live in the main part in Pakistan and are divided into two groups; Sulaimani and Makrani.

The carpets are sold in the city Mashad in Iran - Mashad-Baluch carpets, and on the other hand in the city Herat in Afghanistan as Herat-Baluch carpets.

The carpets are often small with lively patterns, and praying carpets are common. The dominating colours are red, brown and dark blue. The warp is made of wool or a mixture of wool and goat hair, newer carpets have a warp made of cotton.

Kilims at their best are not only extremely decorative; they serve a highly utilitarian purpose. Inspired by the natural colors of the landscape and rugged terrain, the patterns of these kilims tend to be simple and bold. Among the best known are those of Maimana, Baluch, Turcoman, Uzbek, Timpani, and the Kazak.

Afghanistan is one of the three main areas of kilim production along with Anatolia in Turkey and Iran. The majority of peoples were nomads (living in yurts) or settled farmers. Their lives have inspired a wealth of motifs and patterns. Each ethnic group has particular symbols, patterns and colour combinations. They are woven by people who collect the raw materials then spin, dye and weave the wool. Each village or family has distinctive motifs. Using portable looms built from tree branches and wool from their flocks they produce a stunning range of rugs. Traditionally the weaving is the women's domain.

Girls learn on tiny toy looms. Once competent they join their mothers and grandmothers and kilims are included in their dowries. Kilims are often woven from memory, with children absorbing the patterns. The patterns have nicknames such as mousetail, arrow and comb. The symbolism in the patterns has been passed down through generations. Kilims are often a form of visual commnication expressing the hopes for good fortune, fertility and protection. The troubled history of Afghanistan has brought together a great diversity of ethnic groups from the Baluchi to the Uzbek and thus a varied range of designs.

Pretty 4 x 3 Bright Baluchi rug/kilim from Afghanistan. Hand woven.

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