Origin: Herat, Afghanistan
Style: Herat Belouche
Dated: Mid/Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 132cms / 4.3 feet
Width: 84cms / 2.7 feet
Having a pleasing four-bordered design with a busy central field populated with rosettes with the palette alternating between flamboyant amber, deep indigo, claret red and a forest green. It should be noted there is a small area of loss to the middle right section of the piece where there is a 2mm hole. This is no way detracts from the charm of the piece. A brilliantly idiosyncratic rug, with an overtly nomadic feel.
Belouche is an ancient Persian design that originated from the work of the nomadic Belouche tribe. These wonderfully individual pieces are most often found in smaller sizes purely for ease of handling whilst wandering in the mountain regions. Belouche pieces are often directional or asymmetrical in design and are common-place prayer rugs. They are typically woven in dark shades of reds and browns with tan, blues and ivory.
Most Belouche rugs are woven in the hills of Afghanistan and imported from Pakistan.One of the most pleasing thing about a Belouche piece is that the imperfections in their execution are a pleasing change in the contemporary world.
As with all hand-made rugs, each piece brings with it a spectrum of shades of colouring depending upon from which angle one views it from.