Sunday, January 1, 2012

Another Afshar chanteh

A typical Afshar inner border accounts for its attribution; otherwise, with the 'Qashqa'i frieze' running across the top of the back and the extra pile border spanning the lower edges of the front and the back, one might have looked elsewhere for its source. The composition, focussed on the cruciform birth motif in the centre of a tiny blue/black field, is cramped, but this gives the bag a certain intensity. It measures 9.5" by 11" and was purchased from an American dealer.