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Baluch Prayer Rug Persia last quarter 19th C Lot 142

Chequer-board Selvage Afghan Rugs

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 Taimani attribution.

I came across a structural analyses of a Chequer-board Selvage Rug that I did a number of years ago:

Warp: Mostly light wool with some dark and some mixed. 2 stranded Z spun S plied. Flat warps.
Warp fibers: Up to 3 and inch long. The wool fibers are thin and there is no hair.
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 left.
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 publication time
Colors: Red, blue, brown, maroon, orange, green, black, and white

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