Large vintage Persian Heriz saddle bag face from NW Persia in excellent overall condition.
Great condition with no signs of wear. The banded kelim section, which would normally be the backside of the bag, shows some even color softening from the sun.
This is an unusual textile as it appears to have started as a very large saddle or cargo bag, but was completed as a rug. Old saddle bags are often converted to cushion covers are used as small rugs, but this one was never used to hold cargo.
This textile was handwoven in the East Azerbaijan Province of Iran.
Wonderful reindeer figures surround a traditional Heriz medallion.
Natural wool woven onto natural cotton. Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the back of the carpet.
The piece is fairly heavy and can be used on the floor. Or it could be mounted on the wall as a tapestry or draped over a sofa or chairs.
Exact size is 6 ft. 7 in. by 3 ft. 1 in. 1970s.
Saddlebags have many names such as khorjin and chuval, depending on size and origin.
The Heriz or Serapi medallion design is one of the most popular in the world, and originated in the northwest of Persia. This motif favors a large central medallion and a wide elegant border.
These rugs are well known for their durability and have been popular with collectors for over a century. Natural wool woven onto natural cotton in the mountains of the Heriz Province.
This is an authentic Heriz bag from Persia. These rugs are produced in the villages scattered across the slopes of Mount Sabalan, northeast of Tabriz.
Heriz rugs originate in towns such as Ahar, Heris, Mehraban, Sarab, Serapi, Bakhshaish, and Gorevan.
Shipping will be $34 within the continental U.S.
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