Sunday, December 2, 2012

Shahsavan Horse Trappings Textiles

Shahsevans/Shahsavans are nomadic pastoralist tribesmen and women who live in north west Iran in the province of Ardabil in Moghan area close to the border of Russia. They have great culture of textile weaving. They mostly make fine flat weaves called sumacs in small sizes. These pieces are utilitarian objects of art that they can use in their everyday tribal life.

Here, I am posting a picture of a horse trapping which is very finely woven. These trappings are ornamental and in some instances ceremonial textiles and accessories. This one is roughly 3' x 4' from my personal collection. Just take a look at the strange designs and motives.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)

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