This is a startling artifact and an unforgettable spin on the concept of a nomadic bag. It is part mafrash, part khorjin, composed of 5 elements. The central section is a flat kilim weave while the 4 outer ones are carpet knotted with pile; they fold up to close into the shape of a trunk or suitcase. The side sections are hexagonal and almost pointy at the top. The upper section is a short rectangle and the lower one a longer rectangle that folds around and buckles into the upper one. The leather belts and iron clasps are original to the piece. This seems to be the only such example known to scholars and is of high historical and artistic importance.
I must say this one of the most enriching carpet purchase experiences I ever had. This was not a mere transaction but more an experience about art and history. Dr Maktabi's experience and knowledge in this space is second to none. Highly recommended! R.A., Doha, Qatar
I first met Dr. Maktabi as a lecturer on carpet history and was captivated by his passion for the subject. Only later I knew him as a dealer, though even in our financial transactions, Hadi has been a gentle guide and friend. He has understood my taste and interests and made wonderful suggestions, but never in a pushy way. That is to say I have enjoyed working with him on several levels and wish to continue our excellent relations and dealings far into the future. A. Harvey Pincis, formerly Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah Museum (Kuwait), Latvia 🇱🇻
Purchasing carpets from Hadi Maktabi was the epitome of professionalism and joy. Hadi is an expert curator, purveyor, historian and story teller. His passion, knowledge, professionalism and expertise are evident every step of the way. With a wide range of choices and prices, prompt service, and fast sipping, we had our carpets in Sydney in a matter of days. The ultimate flying carpet experience! Zeina Tebbutt, Sidney, Australia 🇦🇺