The Letters of Jerry Anderson

Correspondence from the Karachi based Ballouch rug expert from 1980s and 1990s. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily shared by Clive Rogers or The Oriental Rug & Textile Society (GB)

Jerry Anderson came from a military Scots Anglo-Indian background and his was a third or fourth generation. Anderson Road a main thoroughfare in Quetta bazar was named after his father or grandfather. Jerry claims to have spoken several local language which included Farsi, Pushti., Brahoui , Sindhi, Punjabi and of course Urdu and English. Jerry travelled widely into Iran , Afghanistan and beyond collecting animal, bird and carpet specimens for clients in the Gulf and made contributions to Edinburgh museums. Thus this person had a very special access to unique information.

Some the information contained within might not make for easy reading as he was a unashamed white supremacist. My abiding memory in the company of Jerry was when we were once royally entertained by Brahlui tribal leaders at a 5 star hotel in Karachi. This colourful and unpredictable man was highly regarded in Pakistani establishment circles.. The tragedy being none none his information was committed to any proper paper or book. Following my introduction to Tom Cole he visited Jerry to make a live recorded interview, the publication of which is copied here with the permission of Hali Publications. I trust this adds something to the literature and the memory of the man.

» The Letters of Jerry Anderson

» Jerry Anderson interview by Tom Cole (Published in 1996 by Hali Publications Ltd London)

Clive Rogers 2015