Georgian Saddlebags

Georgian saddlebags
the southern Caucasus
circa 1900
Size: 130 x 48 cm

Village and nomadic weavers lived, ate meals, socialised, prayed and slept on carpets and kilims, and used other weavings for storage and transportation.
The care and attention often given to such seemingly mundane items as saddlebags, grainbags, saltbags, etc. continually amazes those of us from other cultures.
For the tribal weaver it was not only a utilitarian object but a means to artistic expression.
The weaver here has heightened the simple zig-zag design by the use of striking indigo blue wool against white cotton.