The Baloch or Baluch are an Iranian people who live mainly in the Balochistan region, located at the southeasternmost edge of the Iranian plateau, encompassing the countries of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. There are also Baloch diaspora communities in neighbouring regions, including in India, Turkmenistan and the Arabian Peninsula.
The central field of this prayer rug from the Adreskand Baluch tribe of Afghanistan, is made up of geometric motifs surrounded by a trellis lattice. Outside the main field, various towers, probably minarets, have been depicted. All the dyes are natural, and the wool is soft and lustrous. At two of the ends the rug has been finished off with elaborate kilim finishes.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 120×90 cms
Origin: Adreskand Baluch from Afghanistan
Date of weaving: 1940s