This is the third rug presented in this salon.This is a dated bag face from the South West Persian Khamseh Confederation with a medallion design typically related with the Basseri tribes.
Normally assymetrical knots in Kamseh Federation's rugs are open to the left. Here we find asymmetrical knots open to the "right" which is an Afshar characteristic.
James Opie in Tribal rugs, page 208 & 209, commenting South West Persian rugs of uncertain origins rules out a Kamseh and an a Qashqa'i attribution using the type of knots among his indicators.
This bag face presents also what Marla Mallett labels an "offsett twill". We would be very pleased to know if somebody else has noticed this feature in other bag faces from this area?.
Dated: 1212 HD = 1797 AD if it was an Islamic calendar date. It seems too much early and the date was probably based on a solar year, which would than be 1836 AD. It's nevertheless a very early piece.
Knot: asymmetrical open to the "right"
Wefts: Light blue wool
Warps: natural cotton
Colours: corroded dark indigo blue, navy blue, ivory, gold, madder red, azur
Back: balanced plain weave, warps are paired
Sides: thick cord - bands of colours (4 inch)
Colors: Yellow, light blue, madder red, light green
Bottom: "offset twill"
Closure: 15 slits