A QASHQAI HORSE COVER
In the tribal cultures of South Persia and the Caucasus, the flat-woven horse blanket (jol-i asb) has both ceremonial and practical purposes. As well as protecting horses from the cold, they soak up perspiration after a long ride. Their ceremonial functions included their use as a horse’s ceremonial garment at wedding and other celebrations (Parviz Tanavoli, Horse and Camel Trappings from Tribal Iran, Tehran, 1998, p.62). Since it lacks a heavy felt backing and is decorated with intricate – yet fragile – embroidery, the present lot was likely woven with the latter in mind.
The depiction of peacocks and goats is a common feature on horse covers throughout the Caucasus and Iran. The chequered finish and the single-panel construction of the present lot distinguishes it as the product of Qashqai weavers. A further example, albeit only with embroidery only on the central panel and not on the two flaps as well, is published by Parviz Tanavoli (op cit., no.43). Unusually, this example also retains its original leather fastenings.
Stock No : 2332
Size : 148×155 cm