Qashgai Antique Persian Salt-Bag: 41cm x 39cm

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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.This is a rather delicate and finely woven example. Star and flower symbolism were obviously important to the craftsman who made this piece as these motifs are seen throughout the field and most significantly in the cream edge border. Greens and pinks have been used as though the ground is the night sky, and the motifs are its stars. The top entrance to the bag has an attractive and finely drawn band border and the piece is finished with two cord hooks to each of the top corners. It should be noted that there are some loose wool to the bottom of the bag but this is easily trimmed.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.

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