Turkic-speaking pastoral nomadic tribal groups began entering central and southern Iran during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.The Qashqai, as a large tribal unit, dates back at least to the early eighteenth century, when some Turkish(Turki)-speaking tribal groups in the region existed under the name Qashqai.
Qashqai kilims are best known for their boldness and and freedom in the way the pattern is drawn. An aesthetically pleasing geometry, the fineness of their wool and their clear, strong colours combine to ensure their reputation as superlative examples of textile art.
The weaver of this saddlebag from the Qashqai nomads from South West Iran, was very creative when designing the saddlebag, particularly the backside of it. Woven with warp float weave technique. Natural dyes, some stains and repairs.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 93×53 cms
Origin: Qashqai tribe, Irán
Date of weaving: 1940s