Suitor Gallery Belouch Soffrai Kilim
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Small Belouch Soffrai Kilim


Unique rug as depicted in photograph, non-repeatable one-off design with the individual irregularities and variety associated with a handmade ethnic rug. Approximately 4'6" x 4'4" Blue and red embroidery on a black ivory and terracotta ground. Interesting bands of colour in the terracotta showing where the weaver changed, possibly weaving in poor light and did not match the colour. Small rugs from Baluchistan. These are all collectible examples of nomad art. Each piece utilizes the design skills and showcases the individuality of each weaver. Each rug is hand-woven using beautiful vegetable dyed Baluchi wools. Because of the small size of these pieces different weaving techniques and design elements are used which are rarely found in the larger rugs of this region. These pieces were woven with utility in mind. We see saddlebags, animal trappings, tent trappings, grainbags and small rugs, all woven to be used and embellish the daily lives of these nomads. In our homes of today these small pieces also have many uses. They make beautiful floor or bench pillows, sofa pillows, wall hangings and table runners.They are done in a flat woven kilim technique.Soffrai and Rukorsi These are distinctively shaped kilims, largely woven by Kurdish and Balouch tribes. Soffrai, in Persian, means ‘small rug’. They take the form of small runners, above five feet in length and about one-and-a-half feet wide, or squares used as eating cloths. Both types are easily identifiable by their zig-zag motifs, penetrating two sides of a plain, madder red or camel-hair field. The borders are frequently of soumak or knotted work, and these delicate techniques perfectly complement the plain ground. Soffrai runners are woven by the Balouch as ‘fill-in’ rugs, to lay around the edges of a large room-sized carpet. Rukorsi kilims, about four feet square, are used as covers for charcoal braziers or bread ovens. In the depths of winter, layers of felt topped by a rukorsi kilim make a warm family blanket.

Length x Width: 138 cm x 132 cm