Shahsevan - Mafrash, bag of nomads - 110 cm - 155 cm

Shahsevan - Mafrash, bag of nomads - 110 cm - 155 cm
Wool on wool - Iran - Early 20th century

This is a bag, folded open.
Shahsevan nomads made this mafrash - they travelled around in northern Iran and the south of the Caucasus.
Late 19th century, early 20th century.
The colours have remained very fresh - natural, plant-based dyes.

The technique is called Soumak.
Flat weave.
Embroidered on a woven base, where the loose threads at the back just stayed loose.
This bag may have served as a type mini hammock for a baby, opened up like this.
It could also have been a closed bag, from which the smaller panels at the ends were removed.
Made for personal use by these nomads.

Collectors and connoisseurs hang this on their wall as an object.

Lot details
Mafrash, bag of nomads
110 cm
155 cm
Wool on wool
Country of Origin
Manufacturing period
Early 20th century
In very good condition
Rug professionally cleaned
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