This design group is my favorite among the Shahsavan bag fronts of this period.
One could assemble an impressive collection of bags and bag fronts anchored on the compositional essence of this design group and its imaginative variations.
The weave is extremely fine; the handle is clothe-like.
All natural dyes produce colors that are rich and varied without being exceedingly assertive.
The central octagon rests on an unusual beige color rarely encountered outside this weaving region.
One often hears descriptive words such as 'subtle' or 'sophisticated'.
Multiple borders and border stripes are a distinctive feature of Khamseh bags of this period.
The use of abdal burun motifs in the primary border has an important visual significance.
On occasion the design of this group can have an overly structured appearance. The presence of these 'slim' abdal burun figures injects a fluidity or sense of movement to the work.
This visual effect is enhanced by the numerous, small 'S' forms.