Baluchi rugs are handmade in Balochistan, an area of land between eastern Iran and Pakistan. Baluch nomads belonging to the groups Sulaimani and Makrani were the first to create Baluchi rugs (also referred to as Balouchi, Baluch, or Beluchi carpets).
Often times, we find Baluchi Rugs classified under Persian rugs. Contrary to popular belief, Baluchi carpets and Persian carpets are not one or the same. Baluchi rugs originate from the region that lies on the border between Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. These rugs feature a distinct design which is a blend of three different cultures defined by the rugged lifestyle of Baluchi nomads. These hand-woven carpets are significantly smaller in size and elongated in shape. Baluchi carpets give prominence to bold and geometrical designs and complement modern-day furnishings.
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The Origin of Baluchi Carpets
The area of Baluchistan that borders south-east Kerman, the Iranian plateau, south Afghanistan, and West Pakistan is the home of Baluchi rugs. The Baluchi nomads love their camels. The camel print is common in Baluchi carpets and they create most of these carpets from fine camel hair.
The combinations consist of brown and blue backgrounds with light colors like cream, tan, yellow, and orange. Baluchi mattings are hardwearing, yet very soft and smooth to touch. Antique Baluchi mats are all the rage in the West due to their tribal patterns and wild appeal. These hardwearing carpets are a good value for their money.
Baluchi tribes continue to live the nomadic way of life up to now. As such, they maintained the style of their traditional rugs comprised of a whimsy hallmark, bright unexpected colors and exuberant patterns.
Baluchi rugs are often used as prayer rugs on the Eastern Hemisphere but have also adapted to decorative area rugs following the trend of tribal rugs in living rooms, dining rooms, etc.
If you're looking for some playful patterns to decorate a very simple area, we highly recommend adding a Pakistani Baluchi rug in your living space!
How Are Baluchi Rugs Made?
The materials used in the production of Baluchi rugs are commonly cotton, wool, and goat or camel hairs. Luxury Baluchi carpets are a blend of silk and wool. Silk gives these carpets a soft touch and a fancy feel. Red, blue, and brown are the dominating colors in most Baluchi mattings. These rugs serve as tapestries as well as floor mats. Baluchi weavers prepare these mats in large numbers for the sole purpose of selling them as prayer carpets. The lively patterns and bold colors make them stand out and add a touch of antiquity to your room.
Baluchi mats make the ambiance warm and cozy. Antique Baluchi mats made from wool had wefts that were light in color. Newer carpets are made from wool and have darker wefts, usually in a deep brown or dark blue shade.
A lot like Persian rugs, weavers knot these carpets asymmetrically. Each carpet has an approximate number of 100 knots per sq. inch. The regular-sized Baluchi mats can take up to ten months to be made with about five weavers working on it daily. Baluchi runners usually have dark outlines in black and dark blue with intense tones of red, brown, blue, purple and ivory filling up the rest of the carpet.
How to Look After Baluchi Rugs?
A new Baluchi mat placed in an area that is frequently walked on requires a gentle vacuum cleaning once every week. For rugs that contain silk, we recommended that you place them in areas that do not get a lot of traffic. This way they will be safe from spills and stains. Using cleaning agents can damage silk rugs and make their luster fade away. If you have an antique Baluchi mat at your home, we suggest you clean it with a soft broom or brush.
Purchasing new rugs is fun and easy, but not many people like the frequent maintenance that comes with the purchase of a rug. We have listed below a few pointers to provide guidance about the upkeep and cleaning of Baluchi rugs.Keep Away from Direct Sunlight
A rug placed in the direct path of excessive sunlight for long periods of time will lose its color and luster. The carpet will soon fade and lose the vividness in its patterns.
1 - Be on the Lookout for Insects
Moths, fleas, and other insects can irrevocably damage the carpet. You can prevent insects from settling into the fiber of the carpet by using insect spray at least once a month.
2 - Damage Repair
Repair work to undo the damage to a rug’s knotting is a difficult task and should only be handled by skilled professionals. However, you can repair loose selvages and fringes at home. You must sew the fringes back by hand.
3 - Storage
When it is time to store these rugs, make sure you roll them up tightly and tie them with a piece of string to prevent them from unrolling. Wrap these rugs in polythene and always store them in a dry place that is away from sunlight.
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