Home Armored Column & Mosque (dark foreground)
War Rug Width (decimal feet): 3.00
War Rug Length (decimal feet): 4.66
Knots per Inch - Horizontal: 8
Knots per Inch - Vertical: 9
Warp Depression: Mild depression, 10 degrees
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Country of Origin (estimated): Pakistan
War Rug Style: Herat Mosque (Trees, Road, Arches)
War Rug Ethnic Origin: Baluchi
General Description: Like rug number 61, this rug depicts the city of Herati with an armored column rolling into town and jets with anti-aircraft fire over the mountains to the north of town.
This appears to be a night scene. The colors are much darker than rug 61.
This rugs colors are very nice. The foreground grey looks to be natural undyed wool, and it has very nice abrash. This grey has a very nice speckling of light and dark grey. The tan color in the mountains is natural wool of a different color. It too has very nice, subtle variations of tone. Both of these low hue colors contrast beautifully with the primary red and blue in the mosque.
Like rug 61, the patterns of the objects depicted is excellent. The round red trees and their trunks, the rectilinear armored column, the pointed arches of the mosque, the jagged mountains and the fanciful airplanes all contrast beautifully. These different shapes set up an attractive rhythm in the rug.
Description of wool: Good, consistent. The undyed wool is dense and thick.
Sheen of Wool: Good
Handle: Thick, sturdy
Selvedge: Thick braided goat hair.
Fringe: 1 inch kilim. Warp tied with overhand knots.
Pile Material: Wool.
Weft Material: Double wefted brown wool. Unusual.
Warp Material: Light natural wool.