Persian Bag 02

(inclusive of taxes)


Material: Wool
Size: 3’10” x 7’11”
Origin: Southwest Persia


This piece from the early 20th century, is a rare pair of large bags woven with a mixture of three techniques: kilim, soumakh and pile.  The large medallion-like designs on the pile section of the carpet are known as 'Memling guls' and are abstracted icons named after a famous Flemish painter, Hans Memling, from the 15th century. The kilim section shows elegant simple stripes and the soumakh section is full of birds and animals.

Tribal bags were made by nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes from Western and Central Asia for utilitarian and decorative purposes, usually with the same techniques and styles that they used for weaving rugs. Typically, women made the pieces without a set design in mind during the weaving process, which resulted in the variations in the patterns, and the irregular shapes. These “perfect imperfections” are the delicate nuances that add to the beauty of each one-of-a-kind handwoven piece.

The bags were used by tribal people for transporting goods when they migrated. They also served as storage containers within the tent. Some bags were meant to carry specific items, such as bedding, salt, etc.