ANTIQUE BALUCH BALISHT
Persia, Late 19th Century
Woven of the finest wools as a pillow cover by the tribal ladies as part of a bridal dowry, the balisht, or pillow cover, of
soft wool on wool foundation, with central hooked diamonds on a camel field surrounded by leaf borders, good kelim endings;
desirable green in coloration; all vegetal dyes
Condition: Very good; soft glossy wools; three areas of fraying to the selvages
Note: The balisht, or pillow covering, was a required part of the dowry of a young woman, upon the betrothal.
Made in pairs, they were often were backed with a flatweave panel, and stuffed with feathers. Other dowry inclusions
would comprise a prayer rug, a chanteh (personal bag), and money. Other items could include salt bags, and bed
coverings. Such weavings are accorded a high degree of prestige among the Baluch weaving groups of Persia. Today
they serve well as small rugs that can be moved about where a soft or colorful surface is needed.
1'7" x 2'10"
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