antique dining sofreh shahsevan tribes of varamin northwest persia

Antique Dining Sofreh, Shahsevan Tribes of Varamin, North-West Persia.



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Spectacular! A rare natural green field comprising a magnificent lozenge in the centre which I suspect symbolises flowing water, all important in nomadic life with bread and salt.
Woven around 1900-1910, this sofreh was made by Shahsevan nomads in the environs of Veramin in north-west Persia. The dining sofreh, as the name implies, was used to spread on the floor of the tent during mealtimes, or in the presence of special guests or dignitaries, and bowls of food, bread, goats cheese, herbs and tea placed upon it. the nomads and their guests would sit cross-legged around the sofreh, eating and conversing.
I love it and I've had trouble parting with it!!
Size: 1.10m x 0.77m (3' 7" x 2' 6").
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