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The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection
Bequest of H. McCoy Jones
Complete saddlebag with the central square of each bag patterned in complementary-weft weave (weft substitution) bordered on all four sides with thick pile. The central part of both bags consists of three horizonatal bands, the top and bottom bands patterned throughout with tiny botehs. The fine polychrome closures are of slit-tapestry construction. Foundation wefts are dark brown.
The bag was attributed to the Afshar in original registration records. The simple, unembellished, and structurally weak closures, the unusally wide bridge between the two bags, the orientation of the asymmetrical knot to the left, and the light red of the back of the saddlebags are not characteristics of Afhar weaving. It is much more likely to be Baluch.