Sumak and pile bedding bag panel

Circa 1900
West Persia
134 cm x 88
4'4" x 2'10"

As noted by Opie in his early work on south Persian tribal rugs (Opie, 1981, p. 148) it is quite remarkable that weavers would so much effort in embellishing the lower part of this bag, considering the fact that this is a side that wouldn’t be seen. This prompted the Persian trade of the 60’s to divide these bags in four sections: two narrow side panels, a single wide side panel and, like in this example, the joined side/bottom panel. A lovely piece illustrating the ancient weaving language and technique of the Bakhtiari tribe, enriched by the use of ten colours.

James Opie, Portland

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