Rug Style

Baluchi

A great number of rugs are made by the Baluchi tribes which have settled in the region of Khorasan since the 18th century around Mashhad, Torbat-e-Heydariyeh, Torbat-e-jam, Sarakhs and in the Province of Sistan-Baluchestan around Zahedan and Iran-Shahr. A number of Baluchi Tribes in Afghanistan also weave rugs. All the Baluchi rugs are geometrical and stylized in design and they are influenced by Turkoman and Caucasian designs. One of the designs, which the Baluchi weavers like to produce, is in the shape of a tree that is generally known as “the tree of life”. The designs of Harati, Botteh, and Mina-Khani are woven in stylized patterns too.
Baluchi rugs are very light in weight with Senneh knots. They are often made of local wool. In the old times, the Baluchi tribesmen also used camel wool. The weft and warp of these rugs were taken from the wool of goats and sheep, but now cotton is normally used for this purpose. Preferred colors are red, brown, black, and beige (the dyes used are mostly natural). The dimension of Baluchi rugs is rarely more than 6 square meters and the most sought after and requested sizes are between the Poshti to the Kalleghi.

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