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This is one of a set of breathtakingly beautiful handwoven & amazingly intricately embroidered wool bag measuring 9" by 10". Each of these Persian bags has a handwoven 34" strap & a black zipper opening. These bags are unlined & the backs of each bag are a handwoven striped wool material. The handbag does not have any compartments or zippers inside.

This type of bag has a noble & rich history. Handwoven bags from the Middle East were traditionally created by tribal women for both personal use & to carry items on camels or horses, as they traveled from place to place carrying clothes, or salt, or commondities to trade. Sometimes, the camels & horses themselves were decorated with bright, colorful tassels to blow in the wind & move as they walked.

Nomadic women in Western & Central Asia have made personal bags of many different types for centuries. Their small formats offered endless design opportunities for creative weavers, making them collectors' favorites. Most of these flat-woven bags were made in Turkey, Persia, & the Caucasus.

Women wove chantas or small bags for personal items continuously, if eratically, throughout the all of weaving areas of the Middle East. Virtually any structure can apprear in these - soumak, brocading, weft-substitution, tapestry, & combinations of these.

In this case, tribal weavers fashioned the outside of bags into elaborate flat woven fabric embellished with elegantly embroidered patterns. These amazing designs include stylized representations of birds, animals, plants, & even of the women themselves. Some designs, however, were simply decorative.

Women wove & felted bags with wools from goats, sheep & camels, usually colored with dyes made from plants, insects, & natural pigments. Natural dyes produce much subtler colors than today's synthetic dyes. To wash, use cool water & a natural, gentle soap. Air dry. Or dry clean.

One of an amazing set of vintage Middle Eastern handwoven & embroidered wool bags


  • Vintage item
  • Material: handwoven wool
  • Only ships to United States from Vermont, United States.
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