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Flatweaves


Title:
Shahsavan Panel
Moghan-Savalan
Northeast Azarbayjan
Size:

39" x 20" (+/-)
(99 x 50 cm)

Circa:
1880
Cat. #:
398
Description:

Identifying the purpose for which this weaving was intended is difficult.

Superficially, it looks like it may be a horse cover for use under a saddle yet it lacks the heavy feel of such a piece.

It also appears to be too small for that purpose and is missing the typical 'arms'.

More significantly, the weave is extremely fine with the sophisticated feel of a delicate textile.

Perhaps it was a dowry piece destined for limited use as a decorative panel on special occasions.

The field has three horizontal panels each differing slightly from the other.

Two panels, one with goats and the other with peacocks, are displayed on rich indigo.

The charming treatment of the ivory star motifs is playfully imaginative.

The third panel has a ground palette of madder red on which one sees octagons encircling eight pointed stars.

The multiple stripes between the panels skillfully blend a surprisingly wide range of color with intricate design execution.

Condition:

Very good with scattered areas of surface wear.

Structure:

Plain, non-countered sumac, weft-faced ground weave, two cord selvedge wrapped in various shades of wool.

Price:

On Request

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