A Symbolic Herat Belouche Rug: 146cm x 92cm


Origin: Herat, Afghanistan
Style: Herat Belouche
Provenance: N/A
Dated: Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 146cms / 4.8 feet
Width: 92cms / 3 feet

The field dominated by two central and heavily stylized medallions picked out in banana yellow on a deep green ground, with ruby red, sand and egg plant dyes. The middle ground is further populated by a series of geometrical motifs and is finished with a serpent 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.

A symmetrical piece with a strong nomadic, symbolic and overtly tribal feel.