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The Three Grouchos Baluch

Nothing says “Baluch” quite like the Baluch “bird” motif.  Found on bags and rugs ranging from funky to elegant, and featured on the  covers of numerous books exploring “Baluch Group” weavings,  the Baluch bird is the quintessential Baluch design element.  A prayer rug I recently purchased sheds some light as to why these birds are (almost) always drawn in profile.

Who would have guessed that, viewed head-on, these birds bear a fairly remarkable resemblance to Groucho Marx!  I’ve christened this rug “The Three Grouchos Baluch”.

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