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The Unveiling Of Women

The Unveiling Of Women

  • Number 87pon

  • Material Wool

  • Style Pictorial

  • Origin Qashqai

  • Type Kilim

  • Size 205 x 132

  • Age 1935


This remarkable Qashqai kilim is both extremely fine and historically revealing. The uniqueness of design and theme make it a very singular and important artwork with significant cultural echoes.
We see two pairs of women, apparently startled judging by the raised fingers to their mouths--this mannerism features prominently in medieval Persian painting and signifies surprise. What is more noticeable is that they are not veiled and in full makeup. This ties in to Reza Shah's famous 1930s law in which he "unveiled" the women of Iran, at times forcing women in public space in the capital to remove their head coverings. This makes this fine and colorful kilim a very valuable piece.

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