A ‘sofreh’ is the textile equivalent of a dining room table. These pieces were spread out and set with bread and food, several people grouped around the edges. Baluch sofrehs such as this fine example traditionally use a camel ground set into a dark border using slit-weave tapestry technique. The camel hair field of this piece is imbued with the same classic richness that fine Baluchi camel pile weavings are known for. A central cruciform device floats against the field highlighted at the center and culmination points by diamonds composed of bands of color executed in sumak technique. The ends draw smaller ornament executed in traditional floating-weft work.
Collection of Lucille A. Lamkin