4"Prayer Rugs of the Timuri and Their Neighbors
Persian dealers will say that rugs with the finest weaves are Persian.
But when the Timuris moved en masse from Herat area to the valleys centered on Khaf in 1856 (47), did they suddenly begin to weave rugs with higher knot-counts? Not very likely. Dr. Wegner's article is the best information we are likely to obtain, but must still be used cautiously in attributing 19th century rugs. I suggest we continue to use the trade-name Timuri for these blue-ground prayer rugs, but with the constant reminder that we cannot be sure that they ARE Timuri.
Figure 9. An Afghan Baluch prayer rug, probably a Taimani weaving of Group C as defined by Pittenger. (Plate 11, Belouch Prayer Rugs, Adraskand)
BSOAS=BULLETIN SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND ASIAN STUDIES, London
JRASB=JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY OF BENGAL, Calcutta
JRCAS=JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL CCENTRAL ASIAN SOCIETY, London
JRGS=JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, London
PRGS=PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, London
ORR=ORIENTAL RUG REVIEW, Meredith, NH, USA
Original text and photos appeared in Oriental Carpets & Textile Studies. All text by Robert Pittenger © 1994
Additional colour photos from Belouch Prayer Rugs © 1983 Michael Craycraft / Anne Halley
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by Robert Pittenger