late 19th century
Size: 333 x 112 cm
The Kurds are thought to be among the most ancient inhabitants of the Iranian Plateau. They are found not only in western and northern Persia, but in eastern Turkey, Iraq, the Caucasus and Syria. Large numbers have been dispersed to different parts of Iran, most notably the Kuchan Kurds who were sent to Mashad in the east during the 18th century to form a buffer zone against the marauding Afghans. Pieces such as this are rustic in character but quite spontaneous and harmonious in their design and colour. The natural dyes used have produced clear soft tones of blues and reds. A fine old item of kurdish weaving.