Kilim saddlebag half

Circa 1870
Hashtrud area, Northwest Persia
66 cm x 56
2'2" x 1'10"

A truly outstanding bag, distinguished for the use of very fine silky wool, which absorbed the dyes beautifully to create a visual poetry composed of twelve harmonious colours. The front shows parallel and offset rows of scorpion-like polychrome devices, floating on a dark indigo background, and framed by a dramatically irregular, large-scale medachyl border. The back instead is represented by a tightly woven, randomly coloured succession of horizontal stripes of different widths, interrupted on both sides by touches of weft-float brocading. The multicoloured side bindings and closure panels are further details attesting to the purely artistic quality of this piece.

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