Arab/Uzbek(?) Mafrash Panel, Central Asia, 19th C., 2' x 1' 3"

The attribution for weavings of this type is uncertain, but the aesthetic as well as technique are well known to those who spent any time in Afghanistan in the past.  These were once quite ‘common’ though always did have a certain cachet about them as being ‘out of the ordinary’, and that they are. 

The technique is not unlike the soumac weavings we’ve seen in the Caucasus region and Persia,  but the function is not.  One panel of a five sided mafrash or storage bag, such receptacles were used for carrying bedding/clothes during the migrations.

The colors are all derived from natural dyes and the condition is virtually perfect with no holes or repairs.

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