Baluch rug

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Condition Report

Minor moth damage, repairs to selvedges


Being sold on behalf of Dr. and Mrs. Timothy McCormack



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The ‘mina khani’ design of rows of alternating flowers interspersed with rows of smaller white blossoms can be traced in one form or another to post-classical Persian design of the 18th century and was woven by various groups in several regions of Persia and beyond. Baluch rugs of the 19th century are known for their use and multiple extrapolations on this field design. This Baluch rug was woven in the region of Khorosan in Northeast Iran. It belongs to a sub-group with a thick depressed warp weave that frequently use ‘minakhani’ variant fields. Indeed, this variant of the design with geometricized flowers and the white blossoms drawn within a stepped lattice is a type only found among Baluch rugs. In the later 20th century it was erroneously proposed by an American dealer that this group reflected the weavings of the Karai tribe. This view has generally been abandoned. Nonetheless, this mina khani Baluch group is sometimes referred to as such in some important rug references from that period.