Balisht are originally conceived as ‘pillow covers’, made for dowry to celebrate the marriage of a young woman. As with many dowry weavings, the quality of the weaving as determined by the women weaving them is the quality of the wool as well as the dyes used. Design is often “pre-determined”, ie. conforming to a prevalent tribal model. Here, the ashik form is used, ashiks with crosses in the center, conceived as a talisman to protect against “the evil eye”. The colors are outstanding with a beautiful indigo blue ground color on which the ashiks, colored with a deep madder red dye with no outlining. The absence of outlines to the motifs, often executed in a dark brown wool, is considered an older feature of these tribal weavings. The deep saturation of color, too, is the type of aesthetic appreciated in the oldest weavings of this group. The saturated aubergine, apricot and scarlet red are both unusual and exceptional in terms of visual impact. The condition is good, with no damage, no holes, no repair and no staining either. The colors are all derived from natural dyes. SIZE - 1'10" x 2'7"