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Old September 3rd, 2016, 06:44 PM   #19
Patrick Weiler
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 35
Default Kelardasht bag


You suggested Kelardasht as a possible source for the brown bag.
Here is a rug ascribed to Kelardasht, from Spongobongo:

Here is a complete storage/transport bag that most likely originated in the Kelardasht region of Mazandaran province, with the same gul motif, minor white-ground border and the same major border as the rug except minus the arrow motifs between the flowers:

Notice the "handles" sewn near the opening at the right.
Here is the inside of the bag, with more handles sewn on.

This tells me that the bag was "convertible" and could be used with the face out when stored in the tent, or turned inside-out when used to transport goods, so as not to damage the pile perhaps. Most of these Kelardasht bags have had the pile face cut out of the bag and the handles removed, to be sold as decorative mats. I think it is rather unusual to find one complete like this one.

This view of the weave, from the back, shows a dark weft and thick symmetric knots similar to the brown bag, but with a more depressed warp and distinctively ribbed appearance.
Granted, the brown bag is more "sophisticated", although the reason could be that it was more of a village piece and the Kelardasht bag here was more likely a rural or nomadic piece. Mazandaran Province is settled by Persians and not Kurds. I think placing the brown bag in Mazandaran Province would be a stretch, but I am still looking!

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