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Rare 19th c. Persian bedding bag face. The wool is lustrous, a little hair-like as you can see from the images, but not course or dry.  It has cotton wefts and  ...
Rare 19th c. Persian bedding bag face. The wool is lustrous, a little hair-like as you can see from the images, but not course or dry.  It has cotton wefts and  ...
Rare 19th c. Persian bedding bag face. The wool is lustrous, a little hair-like as you can see from the images, but not course or dry.  It has cotton wefts and  ...
Rare 19th c. Persian bedding bag face. The wool is lustrous, a little hair-like as you can see from the images, but not course or dry. It has cotton wefts and wool warps and 11 colors. It is definitely an unusual piece - certainly something you don't see every day. The size is: 44 x 20 inches.The origin of this piece is anyone's guess. I've taken the liberty to include omments from two notable scholars in the field concerning this bag face: "Probably woven in Persian Azerbaijan in a settled community like Heriz, but not necessarily Heriz, where they made pile bedding bags for local use." (personal correspondence - John Wertime - thanks John) " "Jim, i have been all over the area in East Azarbayjan where the “Heriz” weaving took place, and never saw a bedding bag, pile or otherwise, or pieces of one in a house. They serve no purpose for villagers, and villagers would not have woven them for local use. Those bags were used to move bedding, in pairs, on camels. Nomads sold off the ones they had when they settled. Villagers stack their bedding in a corner and cover it with jajims, typically. …My guess is that the few pile bedding bags we see from East Azarbayjan were woven for sale in bazaars, and sure, woven by villagers. The one you show on rr sure has intense color, but no motives that could localize it. Most of the pile bedding sides i see have all cotton foundations. i can guess they were usually not woven as components of bedding bags.” (personal correspondence Raul Tschebull - Thanks Mike) So still a mystery...
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