Motivated by the salon, I was
leafing through Parsons' Carpets of Afghanistan
and came upon a
Baluch-type rug that has a clear resemblance to one that I have wondered
about. Parsons describes this first piece (colour plate 109) as an "Oldish
Ghormaj mat" from a "small two-street town" of that name "some thirty
kilometres west of Tchitchaktu". These are often mislabeled as Taimani,
despite the local population being made up of "Durrani Pashtuns, some
Uzbeks and a few Aimaqs-but virtually no Taimani." Such rugs have "all but
disappeared from the market."
According to Parsons, typical of
these pieces are: i) coarse and rather loose weave; ii) simple and
uncrowded geometric designs; iii) a tendency to use purple and orange; and
their generally small size.
I think this "Baluch balisht" may be a
close cousin, perhaps
made in Ghormaj around the same time. It's
one of those rugs that is almost impossible (for me) to photograph in a
way that reproduces the colors nearly the way they look up
Any other relatives out there
for a potential Ghormaj rug reunion?