Sumak bedding bag end panel

Circa 1850
Hashtrud-Miyaneh region, Northwest Persia
51 x 41 cm
1'8" x 1'4"

A finely embroidered bedding bag end panel showing minor borders decorated by motifs characteristic of the region, with the central, blue ground panel filled by two large Memling guls in different colour combinations. This design typically appears on the saddlebags of this area but very rarely on the bedding bags. The repeating cruciform device in the bottom panel, obtained from the stylisation of the cloud collar design, appears in on a group of bedding bags from the Moghan-Savalan region known as ‘Homamlu’ (Wertime 1998, plate 69), as well as in Baghdadi Shahsavan weavings from the southern region of Saveh (Wertime 1998, plate 1).

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