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.
This spectacular semi-antique rug from the Baluch tribe of Afghanistan is probably a yatak or sleeping rug. The composition is very artistic where the boteh motifs have been woven in a totally random way. In addition, the weaver has incorporated a single animal in one of the corners. The rug is finished with two very pretty flatweave ends. The warp is of goat´s hair. The pile is long and unruly, thus giving this rug a totally primitive air (even a feline coat look!) which was undoubtedly woven for domestic purposes and with no intention of reaching the market.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool and goat for the warp
Size: 163×110 cms
Origin: Baluch tribe from Afghanistan
Date of weaving: 1960s