antique baluch tribal rug khorassan province northeast persia

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-east Persia.


| $1,657 USD | €1,503 EUR

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Here we see a powerful rendition of the 'scorpion' symbol, depicted on a natural camel-hair ground. The use of the scorpion knotted or woven into rugs is specifically to keep out live scorpions from entering the rug itself! Having sat on Qashqa'i rugs with scorpion symbols, I can tell you that sometimes it worked and other times it didn't!!! However, we should be relatively safe from scorpions here in the West!
I love the movement of the scorpions in horizontal layers, facing in both directions. Note in the mihrab, the double-headed sunbird - guardians of the gates of Paradise. The main border, according to Siawosh Azadi in his book 'Carpets in the Baluch Tradition', might originate from the Baluch of Torbat-e-Haidariyeh or Torbat-e-Djam in Khorassan Province in north-east Persia.
This stunning prayer-rug was probably made circa 1900 and is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.65m x 0.84m (5' 5" x 2' 9").
Viewing by appointment only.
Internal Ref: BM1840


Height = 165 cm (65")
Width = 84 cm (33")
Depth = 0 cm (0")

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