This vintage salt bag was woven by the Shahsavan people of Northwest Iran during the second quarter of the 20th century.
It features a pileface with repeat diamond field in vibrant blues, greens, reds and oranges outlined in crisp white. the diamonds get smaller and simpler as they enter the neck of weaving. The whole is framed by a border in the same tones of alternating diagonal stripes containing a fret like motif. It is embellished with poofs on each of the six corners, one of which is mostly worn away. The back is a simple but intoxicating kilim featuring alternating stripes of blue, green and red.
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, has a kink in one corner (as pictured). Hard-wearing with a stiff weave.