Caucasian and Northwest Persian sumak bags from the 19th century are renowned by collectors for preserving classical drawing from centuries ago. This complete khorjin, or double animal bag set, was woven in the Khamseh district of Northwest Persia, likely by a Shahsevan weaver. It consists of two bag faces executed in the sumak technique; a kilim back joins them, along with fasteners. Each sumak bag face draws a central 'Leshgi star' against a madder-red ground, whilie highlights in white cotton are used for a spectacular contrast. A larger red-ground inner border draws eight-pointed-stars, abbreviated versions of the Leshghi type, while a slightly narrower outer border presents flowers, each with eight petals, in several vibrant colors. Such flowers are sometimes drawn in rows in fields of other sumak bags from this region. The Leshgi star gets its name from the Lezgin people of the Caucasus. This, however, is a trade name. While the motif in the 19th century was used by several weaving groups throughout the Caucasus and Azerbaijan, it may be seen hundreds of years before in Anatolian pile rugs; ultimately, it may derive from classical Islamic geometric patterns.
Shahsevan Sumak Khorjin19th C (3rd Q)
- 2' 0"
- 4' 6"
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