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Baluch Camel Knee Trappings, SE Persia, 19th century, 10” x 6” (each, excluding the tassels

Trappings of this type were intended to be used on the knees of a camel during the wedding  ...
Baluch Camel Knee Trappings, SE Persia, 19th century, 10” x 6” (each, excluding the tassels

Trappings of this type were intended to be used on the knees of a camel during the wedding  ...
Baluch Camel Knee Trappings, SE Persia, 19th century, 10” x 6” (each, excluding the tassels

Trappings of this type were intended to be used on the knees of a camel during the wedding  ...
Baluch Camel Knee Trappings, SE Persia, 19th century, 10” x 6” (each, excluding the tassels

Trappings of this type were intended to be used on the knees of a camel during the wedding  ...
Baluch Camel Knee Trappings, SE Persia, 19th century, 10” x 6” (each, excluding the tassels

Trappings of this type were intended to be used on the knees of a camel during the wedding  ...
Baluch Camel Knee Trappings, se Persia, 19th century, 10” x 6” (each, excluding the tassels

Trappings of this type were intended to be used on the knees of a camel during the wedding procession as a woman would be taken to her new husband’s home. At least that is how they were used among the Turkmen. Given the fact there is no documentation of a similar procession among the Baluch, it is possible they were used on special occasions rather than during a wedding ceremony.

The design is classic Baluch, with a boteh seen at the point of each of the trappings, and a border design seen in many Baluch weavings at the top end of either weaving.

Trappings of this type do exist, but rarely as old with the saturated palette seen in this pair. The colors are all derived from natural dyes, and the condition is pretty good, with just one small place of slight moth damage (see detail image).