Caravans, Covers and Containers

Horse Cover
Iran, Kerman Region, Afshar Tribe
19th Century
Wool, soumak (weft-wrapping)
134.6 x 172.7 cm (53 x 68 in.)
Judith Brick Freedman Collection

This cover was woven by one of the nomadic tribes of southern Iran, in Kerman province. Although the Turkic speaking Afshar tribe often receives credit for the many excellent weavings from this region, other tribes in this area also weave, including the little-documented Buchaqchi. The two flaps at the front of this cover are designed to be joined together across the horse’s breast, while the main part is draped across the back to hang down on both sides covering the flanks. This horse blanket is a particularly joyous example of nomadic work and is a type of weaving that, sadly, is no longer produced.


Afshar Horse Cover