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Vintage Sumak Kıilim  Shahseven Tribe / Iran

Vintage Sumak Kıilim Shahseven Tribe / Iran


Vintage Sumak Kıilim - Shahseven Tribe / Iran

  • Size: 1.72 x .57 cm
  • Age: 50 - 60 yrs
  • 100%handmade
  • Pure wool with cotton warps
  • Free International Shipping 

This was originaly woven as a donkey bag but when these tribes settle they open them up to use as small runners.

The Shahsavan are the most famous confederation of tribal groups in north-west Iran .The majority are of Turkic origin, the rest being Kurdish, Tadjics or Georgians. The Shahsavan are some of the most expert weavers of Soumak technique (weft wrapped brocaded kilims ),producıng a fasanating range of fine decorative soumaks and long runners as well as textiles needed in their daily nomadic life. These include storage sacks, kilims (both decorative and functional ), bedding bags, babies cradles, and most famously their ceremonial horse blankets.

Persian, Caucasian and Shaman influences are evident in the design of Shahsavan weavings with random scrollings, stylized birds, flowers, animal and human figures. The animal motifs are some of their most famous and represent the animals that they would have seen around them when they were nomadic Colours vary from old weavings where rich reds and orange prodominate, to more modern weaving which use a softer more pastel palette.


All our store items are handmade.Our vintage pieces are all preloved and due to the age and/or handmade nature of these items, minor signs of patination, fading, wear, or slightly unsymmetrical lines may be present.These are not considered flaws, they are part of their unique nature and why we love using them in our homes as they add both character and charm.

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