Pile bedding bag side panel

Circa 1800
Southern Persia
115 cm x 55
3'9" x 1'9"

Finely knotted pile mafrash panels of this type are typically ascribed to the Qashquli and are characterised by the presence of silk wefts. These rare items show a pattern consisting of narrow vertical bands enclosing a vine pattern in contrasting colours, a design that is possibly derived from Indian Kashmir shawls. The closest comparable to a piece in a southern Californian collection (Eiland 2003, fig. 34, p. 101), together with a recently published example from the Rothberg collection (Rothberg 2021, plate 177, p. 361). The main border of our example is identical both in design and colour to that of the famous white ground Qashqa’i Khan carpet, which is also silk wefted (Black, Loveless 1979, plate 6).

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