Sunday, January 1, 2012

Small 'tile' bag with dramatic back

The 'tile' pattern on this flatwoven bag will be familiar from two examples already posted, and the front panel is in some respects rather ordinary (apart from the occasional shifts and slips in the border). But when you take into account the extraordinary kilim back, the piece really turns into something remarkable - every time I look at it I wonder about the sensibility of the weaver who wished to juxtapose such order with wildness. The bag was attributed to the Kurds when I bought it from a dealer in America, but it is more likely to be from South Persia - probably made by a Qashqa'i woman. It measures 13" by 14".