Afshar Bag Face 14

The field contains two of the three design conventions of the Afshar “Dragon and Phoenix” design; the horizontal palmette (the phoenix) and rosette. Parviz Tanavoli refers to these palmettes as “demon heads”. The Afshars are noted for weaving closures with fine mixed flat-weave techniques as this piece illustrates.

Publication: ORR XIII No. 6, pg. 13

Structural Data:
Size: 32” x 21” (81 x 53 cm.)
Warp: Ivory wool; depressed
Weft: Red wool
Pile: Wool, symmetrical knots, 10h x 14v = 140kpsi