This rare but iconic sumak bag was most likely woven in the Hashtrud-Miyaneh area of Azerbaijan in Northwest Persia. There are few known surviving sumaks attributed to the Shahsevan with this compelling design. A central stepped device, reminiscent of both "Memling guls" and secondary elements from the "small pattern Holbein" design, is drawn against the red central panel of the bagface. Large stylized birds are drawn against white bands on top and bottom, in blue on the left and rose on the right. The exceptional color is magnified by the fine surface gloss of the wool. This is a true masterpiece of the genre. 1. Anthony N. Landreau and WR Pickering, "From the Bosporus to Samarkand: Flat-Woven Rugs" (Washington: Textile Museum, 1969). 2. Denis Dodds and Murray L. Eiland Jr. "Oriental Rugs from Atlantic Collections: Eighth International Conference on Oriental Carpets" (Philadelphia: ICOC, 1996), pl. 101 b. 3. Murray L. Eiland Jr. "A World of Carpets and Textiles" (Washington DC: ICOC 2003), fig. 47.
Shahsevan sumak bag19th C (1st half)
- 1' 5"
- 1' 7"
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