Sofreh Southwestern Kazakh region
In the literature, sofrehs with this design and technical execution are attributed to the district of Sham Shaddin in the southwestern Kazakh region. According to Vahram Tatikyan, such flat-weaves were made in the village of Aygepar. The predominately Armenian population once used sofrehs as door curtains.
The sofreh depicted here was certainly used as a dining cloth, which can be assumed based on the format of the two-part piece. The main field dyed with madder contains a number of Armenian symbols made using the sileh technique. The green and red wool warp threads are remarkable. The extremely good condition suggests that it was part of a dowry and was hardly used. Bibliography: Robert H. Nooter, Flatwoven Rugs and Textiles from the Caucasus, Surrey/England 2004.
Size: 240 x 180 cm
Age: 2nd half 19th century