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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Vintage Persian Balouchi Carpet

This handcrafted vintage Persian Balouchi carpet from 1950 is truly exceptional. Its uniquely midcentury coloring and fine weave enhance this delightful geometric floral pattern. Continue reading to learn more about the history and intention of this marvelous piece.

Alternating red butterflies and purple flowers sit within a framework of green and blue geometric trees. The patterned field of this vintage Persian Balouchi carpet is balanced by a multi-banded border that showcases both a flower motif and a caterpillar motif.

Measuring in at 3’3″ x 5’3″, this vintage Persian Balouchi carpet dates back to 1950. It remains in great vintage condition because of the knowledge and skill of its weaver. She worked with handspun wool and vegetable dyes so as not to degrade the quality of the raw wool. She then used an exceptionally fine weave so that the carpet would not wear down with use. What really sets this carpet apart, however, is its impressive design.

Alternating red butterflies and purple flowers sit within a framework of green and blue geometric trees. The patterned field of this vintage Persian Balouchi carpet is balanced by a multi-banded border that showcases both a flower motif and a caterpillar motif.

The pattern in this vintage Persian Balouchi carpet is born from a combination of two important Persian motifs. First, the green latticework in the field represents the ‘tree of life’. Within this framework lies another quintessential Persian motif – the garden. A repetition of alternating flowers and butterflies sit within the grid. Despite the lack of perspective, the relationship between these the two central motifs gives the carpet dimension. The color palate of warm reds, cool purples, blues, and greens increases the depth and dimension of the rug. With all of these colors and various designs coexisting on a small canvas, it remains balanced and full of spirit, never busy or distracting.

A detailed image of this vintage Persian Balouchi carpet shows the tree of life grid as a geometric blue design outlined in green. Within the squares of the tree, one can find alternating purple and red flowers alongside red butterflies. Simple and small white geometric flowers help fill the horizontal space between the flowers and butterflies.

Find this vintage Persian Balouchi carpet online on Orley Shabahang’s 1stdibs page. Here you can also discover the wide variety of fine handmade carpets that Orley Shabahang has to offer. Ranging from antique to vintage to contemporary, we are sure to have the perfect piece of art for your floor.