Woven with radiant color, this complete 'mafrash' bedding storage bag draws a design of hooked diamond lozenges across four panels. This design has been described by several ethnographers of the Caucasus as the 'gara giynakh,' or 'black talons,' pattern. According to Peter and Mügül Andrews, this design was popular among the Geyiklu and Talesh Mikayllu tribes of the Moghan-Savlan region of the south Caucasus. It is relatively uncommon for a mafrash of this age to survive intact, as most had their panels disassembled and sold to the trade throughout the last century. This piece is featured as plate 59 in John Wertime's seminal volume on sumak weaving, "Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia and Transcaucasia".
Shahsevan sumak mafrashMid 19th C.
- 1' 7"
- 2' 11"
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