This fully intact cargo bag or "Mafrash" was handwoven in Northwest Iran during the 20th century.
This three-dimensional "box" was intended for use by nomads to store bedding in their tents, and for use as cargo bags while traveling. There is some speculation that these were sometimes also used as "cradles" but there is limited documentation to support this. Each of the four kilim sides of the bag features fields of "boteh" or paisley with each row alternating direction and in a variety of colors including red, green, ivory, orange, purple and pink on a navy field. The bottom is a striped kilim in yellow, purple and browns and the top is left open with metal loops woven into the perimeter to allow the bag to be properly fastened while traveling. In contemporary interiors, Mafrash are often used to make small tables or ottomans.
In excellent condition, signs of wear consistent with age.
Size: 3'6" x 1'10' x 1'3" [ 107cm x 56cm x 38cm ]
Country of Origin: NW Iran
Type of Rug: Mafrash
Material: 100% Wool with metal loops
Pile Height: Flatweave
Condition: Good with a few repairs and small hole in one corner