Afshar mixed technique spindle bag

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Being sold on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. John Corwin



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This narrow deep Afshar bag is of a type sometimes referred to as a ‘qalyandan,’ or water pipe bag. Among other functions, it may have served to store the bottom portion of a nargileh. The face is woven in sumak technique and draws a colorful abstract tree against a brick red ground. The border is of a familiar striped Afshar type seen in both sumak and pile. This particular example pairs deep indigo wool with white cotton for maximum contrast. Interestingly, a single pair of branches just below the center of the central tree is drawn with the same white cotton.