Sumak bedding bag

Circa 1870
Hashtrud-Miyaneh region, Northwest Persia
120 cm x 49 x 43
3'11" x 1'7" x 1'4"

A very rare and unusual complete mafrash or bedding bag, entirely woven in the reverse sumak technique. The arrangement of the hooked lozenge motif together with the striped lower panel are indicative of the work of the Shahsavan people located in southern Azarbayjan, between the town of Miyaneh and the Hashtrud district. Woven with care and dexterity, it arrived to us in an immaculate condition. The fine workmanship is coupled with the use of lustrous wool dyed in a range of first class colours, including a remarkable emerald green.

Private Collection U.S.A.

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