Kurdish antique saddle bag most likely for use on a donkey, made in slit-tapestry technique in a variety of colors, woven in one long piece and the folded over on either side to make two storage pouches. The primary central motif is that of two eight armed stars, below this another half reserve with two half-stars and surrounding it all is a beautiful decorative guard band delineated by narrow fence motifs. The open edge of each pouch is outfitted with a colorful series of tabs most likely used to shut each pouch, keeping it's contents secure. The backside of each pouch is woven in alternating red, brown and white stripes. The very center of the panel is woven in a pattern of interlocking swatches using a myriad of bright colors. Early 20th century, Iran.
Size: 44" long x 18 1/2" wide