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A Collection of Exquisite Small Persian Tribal Weavings
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31. 
Pile khorjin
Qashqa’i Confederacy
Safi Khani tribe
Southern Persia
Circa 1880
61 x 56 cm (24 x 22 in.)


Knot count: 12 H x 14 V = 168 kpsi.
Colours: rust red, coral red, dark blue, light yellow, maroonish brown, ivory (6).
Condition: excellent considering it is half of a rather large double saddle bag. Full silky pile, original sides and ends.
Notes: this is the only piece I ever handled for this group, first defined by Parnham and Azadi in their ‘Tribal and Village Rugs from Fars’ (1992). I have seen Safi Khani weavings of this group appearing in the Kossow Collection Rippon Boswell sale and on rugrabbit.com. I always had a soft spot for octagonal centralized designs - in my eye they feel extremely Turkic and archaic.
Provenance: Andy Lloyd, Bath.

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