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.
This saddlebag is woven from soft, shiny wool. The pattern is made up of eight-pointed stars repeated over the entire surface of the saddlebag in the form of a lattice pattern. The triangles with the point downwards represent the feminine aspect and the triangle upwards, the masculine aspect, therefore, the eight-pointed star is a symbol of fertility and fecundity.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 104×56 cms
Origin: Qashqai tribe, Irán
Date of weaving: 1980s