Rug with Dokhtor-e-Ghazi Design
Aimaq, Northwestern Afghanistan (Afghan)
Baluch, Northwestern Afghanistan (Afghan)
DimensionsWork : 58 x 34 1/2 in. (1.5 m x 87.63 cm)
Credit LineGift of Verne Trinoskey and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey
LabelThis design is called dokhtar-e-ghazi, which literally means “daughter of the judge.” It is often understood to represent a stylized plant form. The design was historically associated with the Aimaq Timuri tribe of northwestern Afghanistan, and may have originated with an even more specific Timuri sub-tribe. According to one legend, the design was invented by the daughter of a Timuri judge who married a Sufi mystic from the Bahluli Baluch tribe. She taught the design to her daughters and eventually it was incorporated into the broader design repertoire of the Aimaq and Baluch peoples of Western Afghanistan.