Pile saddlebag half

Circa 1890
Khamseh Confederacy, Southern Persia
67 x 58 cm
2'2" x 1'10"

Woven with about half the knot density of the previous example (56 vs 120 kpsi), this Basiri khorjin shows all of the features of the type done in the correct proportions and with the traditional colour distribution. What sets this example apart is the colourful back woven in interlock and dovetail tapestry, composed of parallel rows of conjoined lozenges in glowing shades of dark brown, emerald green, strawberry red and indigo blue. The characteristic ivory border is composed of a motif made of two animals flanking an anthropomorphic figure, the latter appearing to hold the animals with its arms.

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