Persian Bag 01

(inclusive of taxes)


Material: Wool
Size: 3’7” x 8’8”
Origin: Northern Persia


This piece dating back to the early 20th century, is a rare, uncut pair of large bags or Mafrash, woven with a mixture of kilim (flatweave) and pile sections. The large crabs or spiders within octagons represent protection from evil spirits.

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.