The Baluch

Baluch Salt Bag (namakdan)
Iran, probably Baluchistan region
25.4cm x 48.3cm (10 x 19 in.)
20th Century
Wool weft-patterned
Joseph P. Doherty Collection

Containers of this sort are in widespread use among nomads for holding salt, which may be used for cooking, though salt is also an important food supplement for animals. The simplest way to attract a camel without having to chase after it is to put out some salt, which is immediately recognized. The Baluch attribution is tentative; further research is needed to establish it source more precisely.