Afshar Bag, S Persia, late 19th Century, 1’ 1” x 1’ 1”

A lovely little bag, complete with the flat woven back, which may actually be one half of a small khorjin, or in this case something we would refer to as a ‘chanteh’.  Undoubtedly made for personal possessions rather than used as a saddle bag, the bold graphics of the design on what is actually a small bag is quite dramatic.  One would usually see this design as part of a larger composition on a larger bag and to see it blown up and used as the sole field pattern is quite different. 

The condition is good, with no holes or repairs, the pile is virtually full and all the colors are derived from natural dyes.


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