There are two types of rugs famous in the world. One is Persian rugs specially originated from Iran, known as Persia then, and the others are oriental rugs. Oriental rugs are made in Pakistan, Afghanistan, turkey and all other parts of the world. Both of these rugs types hold strong affinities with culture and various social aspects of the country where they belong. In this post we will talk of Balochi rugs in particular. Balochi rugs are a mixture of Persian as well as oriental rugs and are available in different shades.
Origin of the word “Balochi”:
The word “Balochi” or also known as “Baluchi” is originated from Baluchistan. Baluchistan is a province located in Pakistan. But mostly when we talk of Balochi rugs we mean rugs produced in Baluchistan, some parts of Afghanistan and Iran that are near border of Pakistan. Apart from the region, Baluchi is also a well known language spoken in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. People who speak this language are known as Baluch or Baloch. There are so many traditional Balochi things that are famous in the world like Balochi handbags, Balochi embellishments, Balochi cuisine and many more. Balochi culture is a topic that can cover a hundred pages without any interruption. Let’s come back to our original topic.
Introduction of Balochi rugs:
Balochi rugs are mostly small in size as compare to other rug types. Balochi rugs are identified with their beautiful and lively color schemes, there small size and unique and antique designs. Balochi rugs are one of the most ancient pieces of rugs present at the moment. These rugs are mostly used as central pieces and focal points for setting of a room. Due to their small size some people also preserve them in stylish frames and hang on the walls of their rooms.
Colors, designs and styles of Balochi rugs:
Balochi rugs are mostly made in dark, lively and vibrant colors that display life and festivity. Designs are simple and depict Balochi color in its every aspect. Most of the designs are made of repeated patterns. There are centuries old rugs still present in Balochi culture. Most of the repeated pattern designs and other designs used in the making of Baluchi rugs are taken from Turkoman Guls. They are made from soft wool. Almost all of the rugs made in Baluchistan are handmade and are made from 100% wool. Due to the wool, Balochi rugs are long lasting, they can last as long as you and your coming generations take care of these. There are centuries old rugs still present in museum that are made by hard working Baluchi people.
Prayer rugs are the rugs that are made by Balochi crafts men. These rugs are used at the time of prayers by Muslims. These rugs contain a simple rectangular arch. Mostly head side of the rug is adorned with designs and various patterns. Some of the prayers rugs might contain embellishments and motifs stitched along with patterns.