This vintage salt bag was woven by the Afshar people of South Iran during the second quarter of the 20th century.
It features a flatwoven repeat diamond field in madder and indigo with touches of turquoise and apricot. It is framed by a large border of white cotton latch hooked diamonds. The neck showcases one of the same white diamonds as the field which is surrounded by rosettes. It is embellished with lively braided tassels flanking the neck. The back is simple yet spectacular in it use undulating blocks of madder, salmon and indigo that flare upwards and to the right. The backside of the neck is adorned concentric diamond just like the front side maybe intended as an evil eye motif.
A salt bag or Namakdan is a weaving intended to store and transport rock salt. Both shepherds and nomads carry chunks of salt on long journeys for their animals to lick for nutrients.
In very good condition, all original sides and tassels intact. Hardwearing with a stiff weave.