Caucasian Moghan Mafrash

Caucasian Moghan Mafrash

19th Century

Size 40 x 112 cm

Second half 19th century South East Caucasus, Moghan region Called "mafrash", these large flatweaves with four sides and a kilim base were used by the Shahsavan nomads like containers for storing utensils, and they also served as cargo bags during the annual migrations to the summer pastures. Old photographs show camels carrying tall loads of mafrash containers. Mafrash lacking upper closure flaps, like this finely woven example in the sumakh technique, are usually attributed to the Moghan Shahsavan. The design of horizontal stripes, with a deep blue central band containing large hooked diamonds and two narrower white bands, has been conceived to continue along all four panels. – Very well preserved.Size 40 x 112 cm Literature: TANAVOLI, parviz, Shahsavan. Flachgewebe aus dem Iran. Herford 1985, no. 46 *** azadi, siawosch & andrews, peter, Mafrash. Gewebte Transporttaschen als textile Bilder des Orients-Arbeiten der Schahsavan und anderer Stämme Persiens. Berlin-Munich 1985, ill. p. 109

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