Graham Gower has sent another seven images to add to the Contributors’ Gallery. I have never seen anything like these before … Graham describes them as follows:
These seven kelims are Soufrehs, items which were woven for general domestic use, such as table, eating or cooking cloths. They are woven using a coarse straw coloured wool with cotton warps and simply decorated using basic designs of tanks, helicopter, guns and rockets. The quality of the weaving is not high and colour dyes are muddy. They were functional items with short term use. Normally these cloths are decorated with simple abstract geometric designs. They are most likely tribal and date to the Afghan War period – 1979-89. Unusual items and rarely seen. Originally they were on sale in Germany but did not sell and were shipped to the dealer’s other shop in Croydon, South London, where I purchased them for 9 pounds each, some four years ago. They are all approximately 3 feet x 2 feet in size.
If any other readers can contribute similar images, please do… Enjoy!