Bag, Shahsavan, Khamsa-Bijar area, North West Iran.
c. late 19th century. Collection of Dr. & Mrs. Richard Cummings.
Nomadic Weavings: Treasures from Looms
DAYTON, OHIO.- The Dayton Art Institute presents Nomadic Weavings:
Treasures from Eastern Looms, on view through September 25, 2005. These nomadic
handmade weavings were solely for the purpose of family use and were a mainstay
of household possessions. The women were the gifted weavers who created an
amazing array of rugs, storage bags, tent straps, horse blankets, animal
trappings and exquisite embroideries.
The families moved often during migrations and encampments. All of their
possessions were stored in various types of bags and transported on horses and
camels. The animals, strapped with saddle blankets, carried the tents and all
the household goods. The food, such as grains, salt and flour, was stored in
large and small bags and the bedding and flat weave (kelim) rugs in decorative
bags in the tents.
The vivid colors, geometric patterns, stylized birds, animals, stars and
medallions seen in these weavings reveal the ethnic identities of different
tribes living in the Caucasus regions of Iran and Turkey.
The nomadic textiles featured in this exhibition are from the permanent
collection of The Dayton Art Institute and on loan from the collections of Mr.
Anderson, Dr. Sigmund R. Sugarman, Dr. & Mrs. Richard Cummings, Mr. Jay
Heilman, Mr. Jeff Jeffers and Jamshid Oriental Rugs.
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