2'4" x 3'7" (71cm x 109cm) Central Asia, Afghanistan: Mid-20th Century Knotted pile, with flat-woven back: wool
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An old tribal bag woven by one of the Baluch tribal groups who inhabit the border regions between Iran and Afghanistan. The front is woven essentially a small rug in knotted pile technique; the back is a striped flat-weave. Amazingly soft wool, cheerful colors on a dark background.
Such pieces were used either for storage and transport of personal belongings, or stuffed to make cushions. It can be used as a rug or made into a cushion again.