Sunday, December 4, 2011

Balouch Rugs

Balouch rugs are made mostly in the province of Khorassan in north east Iran. They are entry level rugs for those who want to start buying/collecting rugs. Balouch rugs have the following characteristics:
1- They are small and below the size of 5' x 8'. Some people refer to them as prayer rugs.
2- Tribal pieces with geometric designs and stylized animals and birds. There are some elements of Turkmen rug designs in them.
3- Limited color palettes with dark colors and corrosive brown dye.
4- Low knot density.
5- Affordable prices starting from a couple of hundred dollars.
6- Wool foundation in older pieces with goat black hair selvages and bindings on the sides.
7- Asymmetrical knots and single wefted.
8- Made on horizontal ground looms.
9- Soft handle and easily pliable.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

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