Azeri salt bag

Circa 1880
Qarabagh area, Central Caucasus
56 cm x 45
1'10" x 1'5"

A joyfully embroidered salt bag, with a weft-faced plain weave background patterned by various types of weft-float brocading and weft-twining, resulting in a pattern of large polychrome diamonds enclosing hooked lozenges in contrasting colours. In original complete condition, including a beautifully coloured striped back, its neck is brocaded by various motifs and the bottom is reinforced, in extra-weft wrapping, by an arrow-like element. Objects of this type were probably never used for their intended function, but represented the material culture of each tribe.

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