This Mafrash fragment was handwoven in Northwest Iran by the Shahsavan during the 19th century.
A Mafrash is a three-dimensional "box" that nomads made to store bedding in their tents, and for use as cargo bags while traveling. This piece is a fragment of one of the panels. This section features a field of well-staggered octagons that float above a midnight blue ground. Each octagon is filled with a latch-hooked protection device in a spectacular range of contrasting but balanced tones of red, green, pink, purple, and blue. It is neatly framed on the top and bottom by thin and tight "S" cartouche borders. The addition of tiny rosettes and botehs near the edge adds a touch of humanity.
The pieces utilizes the rare reverse soumak technique and the face is actually what is traditionally the reverse. The perfectly executed technique along with masterful dyeing and color selection makes for a crisp and harmonious work of art that hits all the right notes. A great wall or learning piece!
In very good condition, fragment sides are unfinished.
Size: 1’5" x 1’8" [43cm x 51cm]
Age: 19th Century
Country of Origin: NW Iran
Type of Rug: Shahsavan Mafrash Fragment (reverse soumak)
Pile Height: Flatweave
Condition: Very good
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