Sumak saddlebag face

Circa 1850
Khamseh region, Northwest Persia
72 x 60 cm
2'4" x 1'11"

A rare and early sumak bag face exemplifying the dark beauty of Khamseh weavings. It distinguishes itself for the abundant use of aubergine purple, used here in the central compartment. The composition of horizontal rows of concentric hooked hexagons, as well as the border, are executed with a sure hand, possibly the work of a master weaver. A comparative example, although lacking the central aubergine compartment, is published in the literature (Wertime 1998, plate 20, p. 66).

John T. Wertime, Alexandria; Private Collection, U.S.A.

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