Vintage Bahtiyari Open Camel Bag - Iran
Bahtiyari Tribe / Iran
Size:2.16 x .95m (7ft x 3.1 ft )
Sumak weave and kilim weave technique
Age Vintage :60 +yrs
This is a beautiful vintage Camel Bag that has been opened out and used as a floor runner. Most Bahtiyari nomads settled in the 1980's and therefore the need for them to weave transport bags, camel bags and donkey bags was no longer required ,therefore bags like this are increasingly rare to find.
The Bahtiyari are a tribal confederacy of nomadic peoples in the central eastern part of the Zagros Mountains in Iran. Bahtiyari tribes undertake the most arduous seasonal migration of any tribe, and are well known for the quality and diversity of their carpets.Only recently has their rich tradition of pileless kilim weaving become known in the west. A Bahtiyari woman's status and respect depended to some extent on her skill as a weaver. The important test of her accomplishments came on her wedding day, when weavings of highly decorated camel, donkey, salt and tent bags, soffrai and kilims made for her dowry, were displayed.