Sumak saddlebag

Circa 1880
Khamseh region, Northwest Persia
53 cm x 18
1'8" x 7"

From the Khamseh region there are also a number of small saddlebags (often referred to as heybe) with sparse, repeating motifs woven in sumak on a cotton or wool background worked entirely in the warp-faced plain weave technique. In this example the field is filled with the so called ‘flower and bud’ design, arranged in six horizontal rows. Like for the preceding saddlebag, it is doubtful that these were ever used to contain anything but were prized dowry objects.

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