Sumak saddlebag half

Circa 1860
Khamseh region, Northwest Persia
60 cm x 55
1'11" x 1'9"

A signature Khamseh design consisting of a red diagonal lattice with rectangles at the intersections, containing a characteristic hooked motif, resulting in parallel and offset rows of polychrome, octagonal guls set against an indigo blue background. The red rectangles act as secondary guls, each containing an ’S’ motif representing a stylised animal. A bag imbued with a very strong Turkic character.

Private Collection U.S.A.
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