Baluch Animal Trapping/Band, SE Persia, 19th C., 4” x 5’3”
Complete trappings of this age are nearly impossible to find these days, and few could be found even in the past. With kilim ends on both ends, it is undoubtedly complete. These were used to decorate animals for special occasions, possibly for marriages.
The design is one seen used in the borders of many Baluch weavings, but rarely executed with this type of palette. Few Baluch weavings exhibit the colors and contrast between colors seen here, an indication of age. The weave, too, suggests age with a lovely patina evident on the back.
The purple dye seen here is very unusual and is something seldom found. It is definitely a natural dye and whoever prepared it really knew their craft as it is exceptionally clear and saturated as well. It could be an insect dye, either lac or cochineal, both of which are only seen in older examples of Baluch weaving.
Curiously, the conventional wisdom among collectors of Turkmen material eschews the use of cochineal, deeming it a later feature. The opposite is true with Baluch weavings.
The condition is good, with no holes, repair or re-weaves.
For further information on this piece, you may contact Thomas Cole