Flat-woven textured saddlebag

Circa 1900
Southern Persia
83 cm x 35
2'8" x 1'1"

A truly unique tribal saddlebag, distinguished by a jajim-like surface with an infinite repeat pattern of parallel and offset rows of small concentric lozenges, with sections woven only with the herringbone pattern. The colour is arranged in horizontal compartments, and consists of light yellow, teal, two shades of blue and a distinctive red, while the back is essentially in shades of ivory, taupe and two tones of brown. Roughly at around the centre of both front panels there is a small knotted rosette in red and yellow. The fastenings are embellished with what looks like horse hair. I couldn’t find any comparable example in the literature.

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