I love that back! Afshar would not
be my first guess. Khamseh maybe. The warps are white, so it could be
Qashqa'i, but they are more likely to use slit-weave than dovetailed
The colors just jump out at you, especially the yellow and
red spandrels in the corners.
Yes, the back of that piece lifts it way
above others like it.
The understated blue crosses of your second piece
have exactly the opposite effect; one of harmony, peacefulness, calm and
Your bag is great.The interesting banded back in
different techniques livens what would otherwise be a large expanse of
monotony. I have always liked that field design, too, the so-called
"spanner" design. Yours has a dynamic asymmetrical color combination of
the spanners, making it almost seem to move.
The design, with its
sharp, pointed corners and the bold yet spare major border combine to make
it a very tasty bag.
To continue the theme of backs, here is a
Quchan-Kurd chanteh with TWO BACKS!
Notice the quadrupeds in the lower
panels and the opposing amulet-like designs in the top four panels. The
lower border consists of what Jim Burns might call a tortoise
The OTHER back has mostly diagonal
wrapping and soumak with a typical Quchan-Kurd border but with a fairly
unusual field design. I do not recall seeing these six-legged concentric
Here are both backs:
This dual-back (or
dual-front) bag could be worn for casual daily use showing the more busy
face, and with the spare, red-on-white for more formal affairs.