Sunday, January 22, 2012

Afshar fragment

Not really a chanteh, but the front of a small personal bag, so it is close enough to be included here. It measures 21" by 11.5", but the top and bottom are missing, and it would originally have been slightly bigger. Finely woven with a classic composition of two large boteh, I was drawn to it because of the inscription (which Parviz Tanavoli says is rare on Afshar bags and rugs). I don't know what it means. Bought on eBay from a dealer in Holland.