Shahsavan bag (247) (1137)

Shahsavan soumak bag from north west Persia (Iran)

Age: circa 1860

Size: 2'.2"x2'.0" (66x61 cm)

The upper red and lower navy field panels display double tailed birds in:ivory,blue,dark red and yellow.Between are stylized plant forms.Across the center is a triple stripe with two ivory connected star minor borders flanking a wider brown strip with a connected hooked diamond pattern.The navy main border hosts colorful attractive rosettes.The outer ivory border shows a connected star pattern.There are three surrounding bitonal barber pole lines and four across the center.The flatwoven colorful closure tabs are intact with a color paneled selvedge above.One of the side cords is wrapped in red and blue.There is a slight reduction at the lower end.All the colors are from natural and vegetable sources.The handle is pliable.

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