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Old June 2nd, 2018, 08:03 PM   #20
Joel Greifinger
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So, what does all that boil down to in terms of identifying a particular piece as "Arab Baluch" ?
Hi Chuck,

There are a number of features that occur often, but not always and not necessarily together, in rugs that are generally called 'Arab Baluch'. Unlike other 'Baluch' rugs, many are asymmetrically knotted open right (ASR). Also, there are some motifs that are characteristic, particularly the 'mah' (moon) motif, as Wegner terms it:



The most common border is a sort of flower/rosette meander. Often, some of the wool is camel colored. This rug has all of these features:



This one has another common field design and has what are called 'half-moons' as the main border, another typical element.



A whole other type attributed to Ferdows, and often also called 'Arab Baluch' are these rugs with herati patterns that are usually woven on cotton warps. 'Arab Baluch' rugs are the only group of seemingly older 'Baluch' rugs that were sometimes woven with cotton warps.



'Arab Baluch' bags aren't all that plentiful, but there are some around, like this one:



And, since the thread started with a balisht, let me say that I've never seen an 'Arab Baluch'-looking balisht.

Joel
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