Prayer Rug Persia last quarter 19th C Lot 142
What we know about this group is that they are
from West Afghanistan. In the description of Lot
142 the team of Barrett and Bennett wrote.
"The chequer-board selvage is characteristic
of weaving from the Adraskand Valley of west
Afghanistan." They attributed the rug to the
Baluchi or Timuri. In the years when I wrote more
about Baluch rugs I attributed this group to the
Taimani of the Chahar Aymaq. The bottom border
with white and stars is one I connect with a
I came across a structural analyses of a
Chequer-board Selvage Rug that I did a number of
Warp: Mostly light wool with
some dark and some mixed. 2 stranded Z spun S
plied. Flat warps.
Warp fibers: Up to 3 and ¾ inch
long. The wool fibers are thin and there is no
Wefts: Various colors and use of
both wool and cotton. Double wefted with frequent
use of different colors together, i.e. one shoot
maroon and the other in green. Both wefts are
sinuous giving the rug a flat foundation.
Knots: 8 across and 7 down. 56
kpsi, 896 per Sq. DM. Asymmetrical open to the
Pile: Extensive use of different
colored yarn plied into one knot, i.e. green and
brown mixed to create a shade in a field.
Pile Depth: 12/32nds inch deep.
Ends: 3-inch sumac skirt with a
decorative supplementary fringe.
Selvedge: Orange and blue wool
in a checkerboard pattern over 4 cords.
Size: Not available at
Colors: Red, blue, brown,
maroon, orange, green, black, and white