Origin: Herat, Afghanistan
Style: Herat Belouche
Dated: Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 133cms / 4.4 feet
Width: 88cms / 2.9 feet
Geometrically themed, the belouche with a deep inky background pierced by a busy and well defined pattern having two small central rosettes with chunky stepped borders. Lemon, lime and ruby all feature as prominent dyes and the piece finishes with a stylized leaf 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 piece is very appealing to the eye, symmetrically and precisely designed but still somehow retaining a nomadic feel throughout.