Karma is a Rhodesian Ridgeback who lives the life to which we all aspire. He has loving parents (“owners” being so poorly descriptive of the relationship between dogs and their people, I think) who provide him personalized dog treats and a fine Baluch rug to call his own.
We know this because the Chicken Emperor, eschewing social protocol, helped himself to an examination of these folks’ rugs. Apologies may be in order, but it was interesting to learn a bit about the rugs made by the Baluch (or Baloch) tribe. Karma’s particular rug features a border made from horse hair, which, the CE explained, is used due to a traditional belief that snakes will not cross horse hair, and therefore, whomever sleeps on the rug need not worry about creepy crawly nocturnal visitors. Sweet, serpentless dreams to you, dear Karma!
According to an article on www.farsinet.com, “the Baluch people are very kind and simple and weave rugs mainly to express themselves and follow an ancient Persian tradition, which dates back thousands of years. Colors of Baluch rugs are usually predominantly a rich burgundy with some very dark navy blue and accents of ivory. They frequently have either an overall pattern, or a prayer rug design. Any Baluch Persian rug is one of a kind and has absolutely no duplicates anywhere in the world.” Members of the Baluch tribes can be found living in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.
The article goes on to explain that Baluch rugs are of excellent quality and can last for many years. Favored colors are dark red or blue contrasted with splashes of white, yellow and orange. Powerful blues predominate, with ivory as a contrasting color.
We had such a fun time that we’re hoping to plan a reunion lunch at our house soon. Maybe, just maybe, there will be a meet-and-greet with the chickens, as well. We’re looking forward to seeing them all again soon, as we can most certainly benefit from a bit of good Karma now and then.