Central Asian Ikat of the 19th Century

30/9 – 21/10

Balouch Rug


Balouch Rug


180 x 95 cm


This Balouch rug from the Khorasan area of northeastern Iran was made in the early 20th century.

The colour scheme is typical of rugs of this type: a rusty red, two shades of brown, dark blue-black and off-white (from undyed wool).

Three squares arranged in a vertical line and outlined in white form the main part of the field. They are separated by two rectangles in blue, brown and red. These are decorated with hexagons which are reminiscent of Turkoman guls. The quartered centres of the ‘white’ squares with the hooked motif in the middle also reference Turkoman guls. The design of the main border, which is quite common in Balouch rugs,  is often found in Turkoman carpets, too. Jeff W. Boucher repeatedly calls it the “popular ‘Turkoman line'” (in his 1989 publication on Baluchi Woven Treasures, for example page 40).

The rug has some corrosion in the black in keeping with age and very slight localised wear, but is over all in very good condition.

It is woven in wool on a wool foundation.