The weaver used eight strands of two colors to make two rows of thick eight twined square braid loops to close the bag. Between the loops she twined the yarns through the plain weave ground and at each edge twined the yarns to make to handles.
I noticed at each ends of the bridge a "mysterious" feature....Over the ordinary continuous ground weave, thick reinforcing yarns of six singles form a complementary red and blue or yellow an black decoration.

The thick yarns wrap four paired warps, go to the back between two warps, and cross an alternate yarn which wrap eight paired warps at the back side. She used a two color wrapped and bound selvage structure to at each end of the bridge to reinforce the handles.

Marla Mallett explained me that the weaver produced a reversed and expanded version of the rather standard two-color wrapped and bound selvedge construction in the short bridge sections exactly as on a rug, but expanded the idea, producing four decorative adjacent columns with the same construction.

Marla Mallett, has posted this "mystery" structure at her web site, where more information and diagrams are available :  "Woven Structures Updates" - An odd saddle bag detail - 



We also noticed a similar wide multicoloured reinforcement at the edges of the bridge of a Basiri bag face illustrated in Housego's book "Tribal Rugs" plate 76 & 77 but the structure used is quite different. I seems it is a decorative selvage with parallel wrapping by variously colored strands. This structure is illustrated in Marla Mallett's book as plate 15.58 page 149.

Are this kind or decorative reinforcements of the edges of the bridge typical of South West Persian bags or do they appear in other country ?