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Shahsavan Caucasian Mafrash

Shahsavan Caucasian Mafrash

  • Number 775

  • Type Caucasian

  • Origin Shahsavan

  • Material Wool

  • Style Geometric

  • Size 104 x 41 x 41

  • Age 1870


An excellent example of nomadic art from the mid 1800s. This is a complete and intact bedding bag (called 𝘮𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘩) which would be placed with the central section on the ground within a tent, and tied alongside each side of a horse, donkey or camel during migration. Its purpose was to store the various bedding items of a nomadic household: pillows, mattresses, covers etc. It is quite rare to find 𝘮𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘩 bags in such perfect condition and usually they appear in disjointed fragments. They are excellent examples fo functional weaving art.

This attractive example is radiant with its gorgeous natural dyes. Woven in sumakh technique (all in one piece on one loom at one time) with very fine wool, the central section is kilim woven. The whites, reds and blues do pop out.

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