9 inches x 6 inches
22.5 cm. x 15 cm.
This soumak bag face is quite diminutive in size but surely not in iconographic
content. The largest horizontal stripe contains a seminal version of a design,
which appears on a group of later soumak weavings known as mafrash.(1) The square
boxes in the center of the hooked pattern above could very well share a common
design source with those seen in the previous example. In fact these two weavings
also share the same border design, the random placement of white dots and large
octagons with hooked-design interiors.
Again similar materials and dyeing to those of plate three and ten are present
and consistent with a Talish area attribution.
1. These box-like containers, which were presumably used as cradles
or storage bags, invariably display a similar but far less articulated version
of this design.
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