A Cheerful Herat Belouche Rug: 136cm x 79cm


Origin: Herat, Afghanistan
Style: Herat Belouche
Provenance: N/A
Dated: Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 136cms / 4.5 feet
Width: 79cms / 2.6 feet

The lurid central column field in saffron yellow, with stylized flowers and palmettes coloured in reds, greens and browns with a large border populated with various geometric patterns and motifs, with standing winged creatures in each corner, finishing in a rope twist border.

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 for many in the contemporary world.

This is an interesting piece, the drawing is imperfect and this means the rug has a truly charming aura.