Rug Gallery

Bag face
Iran (Bakhtiyari or Lori)
19th century


L1996.48.1
Private collection
19.5 x 22.5 in

The weaver of this small bag face has delighted in the ambiguities inherent to pattern-making. Small squares of alternating color emphasize alternate points of intersecting axes that define a rectangular grid. Dividing each rectangle, triangles combine to form different shapes.

The field pattern may be read in many different ways, all of which derive from geometric shapes and their relationships.

Look carefully at the border pattern; it shows translation of two slightly different crossed forms with many variations and color changes.

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