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Persian Rugs: Guide to Shahsevan Rugs and Bags

A Shahsevan bag face Moghan region


Hashtrud Miyaneh reverse sumac bag



The Shahsevan Confederation:
The Shahsevan were a tribal confederation in Northwest and Western Iran. To the rug and textile collector they are best know for their Sumac bags, They also made Kelims and some pile rugs and bags.

Rippon Boswell Shahsavan Rug 1st half 19th lot 102



The Dodds Shahsavan Rug?

Pile rugs are a subject of controversy. Such leading lights as Dennis Dodds and Wendell Swan are exploring the Shahsevan pile rug attribution while other notables such as Raoul "Mike" Tschebul reject the possibility of Shahsevan pile rugs.

Take for instance this rug (left) that would normally be attributed to the Sarab area. The Sarab area is the area of Mount Sabalan or Savalan as rug experts like to call it. It seems reasonable to suggest that this is a tribal rug and the tribes of the area were the Sabalan Shahsevan. Is it reasonable to attribute this rug to the Shahsevan rather than the non-Shahsevan villages of the reason? needless to say the debate continues.

Pile Rug characteristics:

Nomadic Shahsavan pile rugs can be distinguished from other wool-on-wool symmetrically knotted weavings in the region by:

  1. relatively simple field and border designs consistent with their flatweaves
  2. fine red, salmon or ivory wefts, but not blue or brown
  3. the frequent use of camel hair in the pile
  4. the occasional use of cotton in the wefts
  5. in certain groups or cases, sinuous warps caused by weft ease
C. 1900 Shahsavan Djidjim Rippon Boswell Lot 90
Rippon Boswell Shahsavan Rug 1st half 19th lot 102

Moghan Savalan

Central Transcaucasus Karabagh Sumak Bag

Garrus/Bijar Area

Hashtrud Miyaneh

Khamseh

Veramin

Kelim

Shahsevan Sumac Bag lot 57

The Aaron Nejad Shahsavan Sumakh Khordjin

The Thompson Shahsavan Bag Panel

Shahsavan or Kurd, Could Mallett be Wrong?

Sotheby's Shahsavan embroidered saddle-cover

19th C. Reverse Sumakh Shahsavan Khordjin

Late 19th C. Shahsavan Kilim Lot 169 Rippon Boswell

C. 1900 Shahsavan or Kurdish Sumakh Bag Rippon Boswell Lot 60

C. 1900 South East Caucasus Shahsavan Mafrash Panel Rippon Boswell Lot 61

2nd half 19th C. Karabagh or Moghan Savalan Shahsavan Sumac Mafrash Rippon Boswell Lot 207

The Wertime Rare Shahsevan Sumak Side Panel

The Wertime Rare Central (?) Transcaucasia Sumak Side Panel

The Wertime 19th C. Qarabagh Horse Cover

Moghan Shahsevan 19th c Bag face
The Rippon Boswell Moghan Shahsavan Khordjin



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Gabbeh Rugs

Heriz Rugs

Ardabil Rugs

Lylyan Rugs

Turkmen Rugs

Persian Rugs

Turkish Rugs

Suzani

Oriental Rugs

Persian Carpets

Baluch Rugs,

The Qashqai and Qashqai Rugs

Veramin Rugs

Tribal Rugs

Khotan-Rugs

Khotan-Carpets

Kirman-Rugs

Kirman-Carpets

Antique-Rugs

Antique-Carpets

Shahsevan-Rugs

Oushak-Rugs

Mashad-Rugs

Gabbeh-Rugs

Kurdish-Rugs

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