Baluch Prayer Rug
Iran or Afghanistan, 19th Century
106.5 x 167.5 cm (42 x 66 in)
Bevis Longstreth Collection
This well-made and well-preserved example of a Baluch prayer rug has tightly packed, offset rows of small tree-like ornaments in the main field. In the opinion of the late Dr. Dietrich Wegner, one of the few rug experts to have lived and worked among the Baluch, these motifs identify it as the work of a sub-tribe Dokhtar-e Qazi, meaning “Daughter of the Judge,” of which little is known in the West. Weavings of this type are much appreciated by collectors.
Below – “A dervish boy praying”. Some of the usual equipment of the mendicant dervish is present, including a begging bowl, and and axe. It is interesting to find an early image of a Baluch prayer rug in use. Persia, 1903