Persian Prayer Rug
Persian prayer rug. 32 7/8 x 60″ (84 x 153 cm). Handwoven, wool on cotton warp. In 1976 I traveled overland from western Europe to India and Nepal, and spent a week in Iran. A friend I was traveling with was buying a rug for himself and on our last day in Tehran he drug me to a shop, showed me this carpet, and on a whim (the whole trip was a whim, at best) I bought it. Since then it has spent a couple years hanging on a wall and the remainder rolled properly inside a large drawer. Someone else needs to own and appreciate this carpet.
I sent pictures to someone who knows more than I do about it (doesn’t take much). He tells me it is from Baluchistan, which includes Zabol, which is where I was told it came from by the man who sold it to me. He told me, also,that the value would be $400 to $500. The fringes are different from one end to the other; I don’t know if this means anything. Condition is excellent. The selvedge (side edge) isn’t frayed, there are no stains I can see, no worn spots, and the colors are bright. Ask questions and I’ll try my best to answer. 5 pounds, 1 ounce. Was $400, now $300.