Circa 1920
West Persia
220 cm x 76
7'2" x 2'5"

A truly spectacular and complete, opened tacheh from the Bakhtiari tribe. Tachehs are large saddlebags used for the storage and transport of wheat. These are almost always found opened and quite often cut into two sections. This complete example allows to appreciate the various techniques involved in the construction of these containers, which include interlock tapestry, dovetailing, weft float brocading and knotted pile. One wonders why they would put so much attention for exquisite details when weaving such utilitarian objects. The visual landscape offered here is strongly reminiscent of the Manhattan skyline, which is the reason why, a few years back, it was published in colour in the Arts section of the New York Times.

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