This exceptionally graphic long and narrow Shahsevan pile spindle weaving from Northwest Persia draws a colorful geometric field of diamonds within a white lattice. Such elongated pieces are often described as spindle bags and it is thought that they may have been made to hold weaving implements. Central cruciform elements, composed of small boxes, add an additional dimension from that established by the larger horizontally oriented grid. Within the white border, the diamond theme of the field is once again reinforced. This design may ultimately be traced to Shahsevan bags woven in the sumak technique. Here, knotted pile adds a soft tactile quality. John Collins, 'Persian Piled Weaving: A collection of Non-Urban Piled Bags', pages 92 – 93, Plate 46. Newburyport MA: Walrus Press, 2008). Ex collection Leslie Orgel.
Shahsevan pile spindle bagMid 19th C.
- 0' 9"
- 2' 2"
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