Baluch sumak kilim, SOLD

Baluchi sumak kilim
from western Afghanistan
mid 20th century
Size: 266 x 182 cm

List Price: $. 1,320
Sale Price: $. 990

When Allah created the world, they say, he forgot about Baluchistan and so he had to use the leftovers. The harshness and rocky infertility of the ancient homeland of the Baluchi tribes people is aptly conveyed in this saying.
Baluchi rugs have traditionally been recognised by a distinctive dark palette and by the use of materials such as goat and camel hair. This flatwoven piece is woven in sumak technique. Known technically as ‘supplementary weft faced weaving’ it is also a favourite technique for saddle bags, cradles or bedding bags and horsecovers.