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Zabol Baluch Flatwoven Rug

Baluch weft substitution flatwoven rug from Iran, Afghanistan, or Pakistan. This is one of the few uncharted areas in rug collecting. We don't really know for sure where this rug is from or who made it. I am inclined to rule out Pakistan Baluchistan Baluch because of the color. Then I am torn between Persian Baluch or Afghan Qal-i-Nau Hazara. The Baluch weave these and so do the Hazara. In the 1880 the Durani Pashtuns conquered the Hazara. The slaughtered them and forced many into slavery. Those who would convert to Sunni Islam from Shia Islam were given land near Qal-i-Nau. There descendents weave rugs like this but the colors are more in the typical color range seen in Afghan goods. So when in doubt look at the wool. The wool does not look right for an Afghan rug. So in my round about way I have too attribute this rug to the Baluch of Persian Baluchistan (the Zabol area).

This picture is dark so refer to the scan for color.

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  Baluch, Persian Baluchistan, late 19th or early 20th century. 3 Foot 3 inch by 7 foot 9 inch.

Structure: weft faced weave with weft substitution pattern.

Yarn Spin: Z.

Warp: 2 ply Wool, white.

Weft: ground color.

Ends: Bottom: goat lace.

Ends: Top: 1/2 inch half hitch band.

Selvages: plain selvage.

Condition: fair condition, wear and some small holes sides and field.

Baluch Type Flatweave

The dark wool is Indigo blue.

This scan shows both the unusual complexity of the design and the wear.

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