Quchan Kurd Embroidered Hat, NE Persia, 19th Century

An intricately embroidered hat from the Quchan region of Northeast Persia.  The technique is very similar to the stitch seen in Turkmen work, but given the geographic proximity and the penchant of their rug weavers to mimic Turkmen patterns, it is not surprising.  The colors all appear to be derived from natural dyes, but there is a bit of red “blush” in the white embroidery on the top of this hat, undoubtedly originating from the ground cloth onto which it was embroidered.  The condition is good, with no holes, stains or repair.

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