Ghashghai Namakdan Southwest Persia

Salt, or namak in Persian, was very valuable for nomads. They not only needed salt for their everyday lives, but also for their animals during their travels. Special salt bags were used by nomads to store salt and other spices. Thanks to the bag’s bottle-shaped neck, the contents could be taken out with one hand.

This namakdan (Farsi for salt bag) comes from the Ghashghai (Qashqai) nomads in southwest Persia. The front is knotted, while the back is made of a finely woven striped kelim.

Property of: Najib Gallery, Hamburg
Size: 62 x 45 cm
Age: 19th century