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Saddle bag

Saddle bag

  • Place of origin:

    Caucasus (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1900 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

WARP;: cream wool; Z2S; 20 threads per inch (90 per dm).

WEFT: main: cream wool; (check); 1 shoot after each pattern weft; Pattern: (check fibre): 8 colours: red, orange, yellow/green, dark blue, blue, purple, dark brown, white cotton; Sequence: over 4 warp threads and back behind 2.

SIDE FINISH: returned wefts.

END FINISH: Lower: cut. Upper (3 cms.) of plain weave, with dark brown weft. Evidence of turning and stitching into place with dark brown hair; half way along, small loose loops of dark brown goat hair - perhaps remnants of fastening?

DESIGN: there are eight bands of geometric design. The central, deep band has a white ground with a band of three hooked ovoids each containing a quartered motif with two quarters also on the white ground; bands 2 and 6 share a design of triangular motifs on a red ground; bands 1, 3, 5 and 7 share the same small pattern in a variety of colours on a white ground; band 8 (at the top) has a horizontally reciprocal, three-pronged 'chain' design. NB: the bottom of band 1 is missing and the left-hand corner of bands 1 and 2 are missing.

Catalogue date: 27.3.91

Place of Origin

Caucasus (made)


1850-1900 (made)


Length: 55.5 cm maximum, Length: 49 cm minimum, Width: 47 cm maximum, Width: 40 cm minimum

Production Note

Mentioned and illustrated in "Caucasian Rugs in the V & A", by M. Franses and R. Pinner (intro. by Donald King). Hali 1980, Vol. 3, No. 2, p. 96, 111, 114

Referred to in "Azerbaijani Carpets in the V & A" by Latif Kerimov. Published International Symposium, Baku, 1983, p. 60, Pl. 52

Purchased from the Anglo0-Persian Carpet Co. South Kensington.
For registry description see CIRC. 337-1925


Wool; Goat hair


Equestrian equipment; Transport


Middle East Section

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