Posted by Richard_Tomlinson on 07-14-2004 09:26 AM:

Item Number 3

Hello All

One of my favourite designs is found in the 3rd Shahsavan bagface shown in the Kaffel salon.

The piece is unbelievably beautiful and, with a red field, would have to be unique. A truly amazing piece.

I have an old, very worn fragment that has the same field design, this time on a blue field.

As you can see the top and bottom borders are missing so I do not know if this is a bagface or an end panel from a mafrash. I am pretty sure it is a bagface. With the borders included it would be longer than wider. Also, the majority of end panels do not have side borders ....I think.

The third image is a Varamin Luri? bagface.

As you can see, the design is very closely related, but this piece is not Shahsavan.

I am intrigued by this design and would love to learn more about it.

Best regards

Richard Tomlinson

Posted by Patrick Weiler on 07-15-2004 01:53 AM:

Problem solved


The design you have shown is known as the "spanner" motif.
It resembles a wrench. Probably derived from early 15th century Armenian wrench designs making their way into textiles. Possibly Mother Goddess wenches, too.
(Oops, I mean wrenches)

I, too, think your third example is likely Varamin due to the motif at the bottom. Note that this and the second weavings have the "S" in a cartouche.

Patrick Weiler