Sumak saddlebag half

Circa 1870
Moghan-Savalan plain, Northwest Persia
58 cm x 53
1'10" x 1'8"

Another pattern that is characteristic of the area is the one illustrated here, with parallel rows of interconnected polychrome hexagons, containing a totemic-like element, alternated to offset rows of small ivory stepped lozenges enclosing a cruciform motif, creating a primary/secondary gul substrate reminiscent of Turkmen weavings. The fine, even surface with no weft countering and the blue-green background are signature features for the sumak bags of this region.

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