ANTIQUE BALISHT (BAGFACE)
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, the center with four medallions of crosslets set within a trellis field, the leaf borders within
minor trellis borders, kelim endings, one having long stripes; desirable green in the coloration; all vegetal dyes
Condition: Very good; soft and very shiny wools, frayed areas 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.
36.5" x 17.75"
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