Sunday, January 22, 2012

Afshar gabbeh purse

One of my earlier acquisitions (from a Dutch dealer on eBay), this little bag remains one of my favourites. There is no way of telling whether it was an adult or a child who wove it, but I'm inclined to suppose that it was the latter. You can just about make out a few flowers and botehs, but the rest of the markings are pure freeform and 'gabbeh'. Often Afshar bags of this shape and size (11" by 7") are folded across the middle and bound only on one side (such as the one posted recently), but this chanteh is bound on both.