Sumak saddlebag

Circa 1880
Khamseh region, Northwest Persia
53 cm x 19
1'8" x 7"

A sweet, complete miniature saddlebag with the dark indigo field being embellished by a matrix of star-like motifs, arranged chromatically on a diagonal. The ivory border, woven in cotton, gives more depth to the composition. A small saddlebag with an identical pattern has been ascribed to the Bijar area in the nearby Garrus region (see Tanavoli 1985, plate 162). Small weavings of this type were most probably woven as prestige items.

Hans-Jürgen Krausse, Munich

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