Kurdish Bagface

(inclusive of taxes)


Material: Wool
Size: 1’2” x 3’
Origin: Quchan Area, Northeast Persia


This intricate piece is a complete small bag or "chanteh" from the Quchan area of northeast Persia. Dating back to the late 19th century, it is very finely woven, with a high knot density and complete kilim ends. The weaving is folded in half along the centre and the edges are sown together and wrapped to form a complete bag for personal use.

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.