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Persian Rugs: Guide to Shahsavan Sumac Bags

The Wendel R. Swan Cruciform Sumac Shahsavan Bag

The Wendel R. Swan Cruciform Sumac Shahsavan Bag

Over the years I have been blessed with the oppertunity to see some of the truly exception Shahsavan bags and to meet some of the great experts, authors, and collectors. A true giant in the field is the American Pasha Warren Russell Pickering. His landmark book From the Bosporus to Samarkand Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington DC. Textile Museum, 1969 and the three year traveling Smithsonian museum show did much to popularize previously only known by the cognescenti. Then there were two great authors somestimes working together and sometime seperately Parviz Tanavoli and John Wertime. Coming together first in Tehran in the 1970s Tanavoli and Wertime each have done ground breaking books on Shahsavan weaving. Tanavoli's Shahsavan Iranian Rugs and Textiles, (1985) saddly is long out of print. John Wertime's 1998 Sumac Bags is still available but who know for how much longer. It would take too long to mention everyone who has made a mark in the field but someone who stands out as a collector is Wendel R. Swan of Virginia.
Sumac Shahsavan Bag

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Shahsavan Rugs and Bags

Khamseh Shahsavan Khordjin - 2nd half 19th c.

Karabagh Shahsavan Bag Face - 2nd half 19th c.

Shahsevan Sumac Bag lot 57

Cruciform Medallion Shahsevan Rug From Haliden

Shahsevan Long Rug Circa 1880 Lot 179

Fantastic Animal Shahsavan Soumak Bagface 3rd quarter 19th c Lot

Shahsavan Sumac Cargo Bag Side Panel, last quarter 19th c Lot 68

Shahsevan Cruciform Sumac Bag lot 56

Mafrash Shahsavan, Caucasus, ca. 1890

Shasavan Mafrash panel, West Persia, ca. 1900

Shahsavan Structure

Shahsavan rugs are woven with a Turkish knot and a fairly flat back. Here the warps are rigid and the wefts are sinuous. As you can see in the sketch the warps are heavier than the wefts. It is woven with symmetrical knots. There is two shot of weft between each row of knots.

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