antique wheatsack 'tasheh' bakhtiari nomads chahar mahal western persia

Antique Wheat-Sack 'Tasheh', Bakhtiari Nomads, Chahar Mahal, Western Persia.


Price

£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR


Item Ref

BM/VS1

Description

Wheat-sacks or 'tashehs' in Persian, were made as the name implies, for containing wheat. They were generally made in pairs and once filled, would have been tied to the flanks of pack animals and transported during long migrations. The last of the woven wheat-sacks were made in the 1940s when plastic sacks arrived in the bazaars from the West and thus came the demise of the fabulous tasheh.
I have recently acquired three from a private collection - all opened up for display purposes. Just imagine sewing up the sides and base with goat-hair and you have a circular sack in which to pour the wheat. The designs in each case are similar and quite symbolic. I believe the central knotted-pile bottle shape represents the container; the plain-weave side represents the bare earth and the decorated side represents the growing of the wheat i.e. the bounty of God. The chevrons at the top of the knotted-pile represent the pouring of the wheat into the container.
All wheat sacks have a different knotted-pile design, except for pairs, and I believe this is a sign that each tasheh can be recognised by the family that owns them.
Today, tashehs are rare and many were worn out due to constant use.
This one is one of a pair and measures 1.19 x 1.27m (3' 11" x 4' 2").
Viewing by appointment only.
Internal Ref: BM/VS1


Dimensions

Height = 1.2 cm (1")
Width = 1.3 cm (1")
Depth = 0 cm (0")



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