Most of the Baluch rugs we sell are from the first half of the 19th century that have recently found their way into the marketplace in Peshawar, Pakistan. We have an agent there who is on the outlook for them to ship to us periodically when he has collected about 100 pieces. With the recent troubles in the region, these rugs are harder for us to obtain and we are happy at last to receive a shipment!
All these rugs were hand woven by Nomadic tribes of Baluchistan. They would hand spin their lustrous thick wools from sheep, camel and goat and dye them using primarily the vegetal or mineral dyes available to them. These rugs would take months to weave and were used to carry grain, as saddlebags for donkeys, as trapping for their animals and wall hangings for their tents. They are very well constructed and mostly one of a kind in pattern. Often new techniques and designs would be tried out in these small pieces. Each is a beautiful work of art in itself!
I have seen these rugs and bags put to interesting tasks in modern homes. Saddlebags make a great set of matching throw pillows when cut in half and stuffed. Many still have the tabs and loops for closure. They also make a nice chairback when slipped over a ladderback or bistroback chair. A single bag makes a nice dust cover to slip your laptop in when not in use. Trappings make a great decorative valance for a window or doorway. They also look great hung on the wall. Small rugs do double duty as a table or dresser runner. I'd be interested in hearing from you if you have any other great uses for these small pieces that I can share on this site!
Please email us for a report on the condition of the rugs you are interested in. The condition may not be perfect as in a new rug. Buyers of old rugs choose them for their individuality of design, dyes and craftsmanship. These rugs hold or increase in value. As such, they have been well loved and used to some extent in the past. As collectors of old rugs we may overlook or forgive flaws in these rugs that may be unacceptable to you. Please email us with your questions on condition.
Please use the links below to visit our other websites!
At www.AntiqueorientalRugs.com we feature Fine Antique Oriental rugs from Persia, China, India, Turkmenistan, the Caucasus, Europe and American.
At www.AfghanRugs.com we feature new handwoven Afghan rugs which we commission and are unique to us. These are the finest handmade rugs being woven in the world today using all handspun wools and vegetal dyes. Here we also showcase Antique Suzannis, Tonkas, and Afghan Jewelry.
On ebay, we sell our rugs through an auction format. The prices are a bit lower as there are no returns on the items you choose and you may find a deal there! We post rugs to ebay as soon as we purchase them and often the rugs will sell before they are listed on our websites. Please go to ebay and bookmark our sites there. We sell under the sellers id of mosbyrugs .