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Timbuktu to Tibet:
Rugs and Textiles of the Hajji Babas

October 18, 2008 - March 8, 2009

Double-bag (khorjin) , front, Bakhtiari tribe, Iran
19th or 20th century

The Bakhtiari tribe inhabits an area in west central Iran southwest of Isfahan. Their biannual migrations, up to 175 miles long, are extremely arduous across a river crossing and sometimes through a mountain pass. The Bakhtiari have a special type of double bag (khorjin) tied on pack animals that is elaborately decorated using three different weaving techniques: knotted-pile on the bottom of the bag, weft wrapping (soumak) on the front face, and weft-faced plain weave on the back of the bag. This example also shows a particularly attractive set of slits and loops around the openings, which are used to fasten the bag closed.

Double-bag (front)
Bakhtiari tribe, Iran
19th or 20th century
Cotton and wool; knotted pile, weft wrapping (soumak), weft-faced plain weave
James C. Morel, New York, NY
Photo by Don Tuttle Photography

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