A Charming Qashgai Antique Persian Salt-Bag


Origin: Persia/Iran
Style: Qashgai
Provenance: N/A
Dated: Early/Middle 20th C
Hand Woven Niddle work.
Length: 43cms / 1.4 feet
Width: 40cms / 1.3 feet

Pleasing to eye, and in geometrical design, the salt bag made up of four main colours, rust, red, ink blue and white finished with a rather flamboyant multi coloured fringe. The linked ‘S’ snake pattern is striking yet well drawn and the kilim weave reverse illustrates two large snake motifs.

This type of bag, traditionally used  for storing personal possessions or  indeed salt, but also sometimes as a cushion stuffed with feathers. The Qashqai nomadic tribes of the Fars province in southwestern Iran weave these pieces with an assured dexterity and skill.

They are not normally made for export, but for domestic use; that is the reason they are often carefully and beautifully made, and they can be very decorative. The front face is carpet and the reverse is usually Kilim.

These bags have a multitude of uses that could include using the piece as a cushion, a small rug, a beautiful wall hanging or as a personal storage bag as the maker probably intended. A small price to pay for a very useable and versatile work of art.