Malbands are long narrow bands used to fasten loads onto camels, mules and horses for migration. Malbands are delicatelly woven, normally reversible, woven in a warp-faced double weave, with geometric designs and animals.
This antique malband has been woven with wool dyed with natural dyes. The buckle seems to have the shape of a woman, similar to the Turkish elibelinde motif. In mint condition.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool and timber
Size: 720×7 cms
Origin: Baktiarii tribe, Iran
Date of weaving: 1940s or earlier