This rifle sleeve was handwoven in Northwest Iran during the third quarter of the 20th century.
It was woven in soumak construction and features a variety of symbols and animals including fish, birds, deer, and paisleys. Prominently featured is a lion holding a saber, the classic national symbol of Iran. Following the Islamic revolution in Iran, this symbol was replaced on the national flag. This is sometimes called a tofang dan and was purposely woven to hold a rifle.
In excellent condition, signs of wear consistent with age.
Size: 6" x 3'11" [15cm x 119cm]
Age: Q3 20th century (1950-1975)
Country of Origin: NW Iran
Type of Textile: Soumak Rifle Sleeve
Pile Height: Low
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