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 .
This large saddlebag has an unusual brown background, probably undyed camel wool. It is very finely woven, with lots of knots and the best quality wool. Most likely, this rug was woven for someone important within the tribe.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool and probably camel
Size: 150×66 cms
Origin: Qashqai tribe, Irán
Date of weaving: 1960s