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Shushtar Camel Sofreh

Shushtar Camel Sofreh

  • Number 018

  • Material Camel Hair

  • Style Prayer Rug

  • Origin Sarab

  • Type Kilim

  • Size 215 x 126

  • Age 1915


Shushtar Arab kilims are very finely made and rather shawl like in softness. This stunning example is woven with camel hair rather than wool and has an uncanny resemblance to Sarab camel hair carpets. This type of kilim is known as a sofreh, an eating cloth around which the family would sit cross legged to share meals. The presence of architectural elements at the top end suggests this may have doubled as a prayer rug. Irrepressibly charming.

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