Here is an interesting little flatweave piece
which could fall into the non-container decorative weaving (trapping?)
The dimensions are 13" wide by 22" tall. (33cmx56cm)
remnants of the outer selvage and the column at each side of the field are
very dark goat hair, with a shiny appearance and bristly feel. The rest is
wool but the field could be camel, due to the color and the fuzzy ends of
the wefts where there is a hole near the diamond motif in the field. The
warp ends are softer and different in appearance to the camel-colored
The camel field has striations in color, giving the appearance
of a desert landscape. Note that there is a bit of a bow to the weaving,
with the middle being a bit wider than the ends. The salon makes mention
of "sagging" caused perhaps by carrying heavy loads, but in this case the
weaver had inserted extra wefts partway into the piece which tends to give
the weaving this extra width in the middle. You can see these extra wefts
most noticeably near the bottom where there is a darker brown stripe
coming in from the left, but the stripe narrows a bit at approximately
one-third into the field. This is the point where the six dark wefts were
reduced down to two.
Both ends of this piece, which is way
too small for a floor rug or even a sofreh, are finished with two-strand
twining in various colors and weft-substitution rosettes on a dark ground
between two stripes of red twining.
There are no closure system
remnants and both ends appear to have been finished in knotting,
indicating that there was no back to this piece.
The diamond near the top of the piece
is done in diagonal sumak wrapping, in colors of light purple, yellow,
light red, yellow/green and dark brown.
Here it is shown from the
motif on the empty field almost gives this piece a "minimalist prayer"
The bundled warps at each corner could have been used to
hang this piece, but did it have a function other than decorative? The
lack of a closure system indicates that it was not a storage container. It
is too small for a ru-korsi or sofreh, although food could have been
served on it. It is too small to have been used as a pillow, yastik or
It is too long to be one face of a khorjin and too short to be
folded in half for a chanteh.
Who made it? The rosettes are common in
Varamin area weavings. The "running-dog" or "wave" inner border at the top
and bottom of the field are often Kurdish devices. Tanavoli, in Rustic
& Tribal Weaves from Varamin, notes that "The Kurds are among the most
prolific weavers in the Varamin region, producing a great variety of
storage bags, pile rugs, gelims, and other covers."
"The Kurds of
Varamin also use a noticeable amount of weft-substitution in their woven
A number of Varamin pieces in the book use camel wool.
this piece had no commonly attributed standard function, could it be a