Pile saddlebag with large medallion

Circa 1860
Northwest Persia
73 cm x 62
2'4" x 2'0"

Here a large stepped medallion dominates the blue background, flanked top and bottom by cruciform elements in teal green and red, the rest being embellished by a plethora of motifs. A pair of bird head motifs face each other on both the extremities of the central medallion, as if conversing in an ancient tribal language. The red and green striped back changes into a densely embroidered section in weft float brocading technique, with motifs seen on the back of certain Jaf bags (see Burns 2002, plate 16, p. 78, where the inner border is very similar to that of the present example). The overall rich palette is characteristic of the best Kurdish weavings, as is the use of a particularly lustrous pile.

Hans-Jürgen Krausse, Munich

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