This is a saddle bag facing or carpet fragment, 14 1/2" x 29". It is approximately 80 years old, made by the Baluch, a nomadic tribal people of Afghanistan.
Totally handmade, the wool was dyed with vegetable dyes, hand spun and woven, using both tufted and flat weft techniques. It has geometric designs, including a stylized "tree of life".
The piece has been made into a wall hanging, and has a backing to accept a dowel. Condition is age-appropriate and relatively good. There is a small hole in the center, but the rest of the fabric is sound.
Some of the vegetable dye has bled to the reverse,probably long ago. One edge is bound and the other is mostly frayed, though some binding remains. (The frayed edge seems to indicate that this was part of a saddle bag.)
This piece could also be made into a pillow. Please see all the close up photos
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