Baluch Balisht(?), NE Persia, 19th century, 1' 5" x 3' 1"
The function of this enigmatic weaving from NE Persia is unclear. Given the compartmented nature of the design with two entirely different patterns, one would think it must have been a ‘chanteh’ or double sided personal vanity bag. But this type of bag is usually much smaller and here there are no signs that it was ever folded and appears to have been preserved in its present format. With the perceptible overall and very even wear, it has definitely been used, but for what?
It may be a balisht, a weaving never intended to be folded in half. The different designs on either half could possibly symbolize the union of a marriage as they are thought to all have been dowry weavings to mark the betrothal of a woman with her new husband. Who knows? The condition is good, with no holes, repair or re-weaves.
The pile, while not ‘full’, is not worn either, what one would describe as over all even sign us actual use. A rare and unusual example of Baluch weaving from NE Persia.
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