A Collection of Exquisite Small Persian Tribal Weavings

Pile woven donkey trapping
Qashqa’i Confederacy
Southern Persia
Circa 1880
126 x 10 cm (50 x 4 in.)

Knot count: 19 H x 19 V = 361 kpsi.
Colours: brick red, maroon, orange, light blue, dark blue, emerald green, grass green, light brown, dark brown, ivory (10).
Condition: excellent, including closures, tassels and charms.
Notes: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I finally found one of those bands illustrated by Opie in ‘Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia’. I never imagined that a tribe would go to such an extent of weaving and chromatic quality in order to manufacture a trapping for the donkey’s rear. Perhaps I am underestimating the ranking of the donkey in tribal life.
Provenance: Teheran trade (circa 1970), Edi Egli Collection, St. Gallen.



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