Mafrash

A mafrash is a bedding bag, a “box”, from Caucasus, Persia and Eastern Turkey, most often woven in soumak or kilim technique. Mafresh is also connected to Turkmen pile bag faces primarely from the Yomut tribe and these mafrashs bags seems to be more flat.

Caucasian

Caucasian Baku mafresh (The 3rd International Symposium of Azerbaijani Carpets)
An antique Afshan Kuba Sumak (Besik/Mafrash). (Material Culture 20 January 2021)

Shahsavan

Shahsavan Sumak Cargo Bag (Besik/ Mafrash), Late 19th C. (Material Culture 20 January 2021)
Shahsavan mafrash ( Edoardo Marino at Sartirana Textile Show 2014)
A pair of Shahsavan sumac mafrash end panels, north west Persia early 20th century, 1ft.7in. x 1ft.5in. 0.48m. x 0,43m. and 1ft.6in. x 1ft.5in. 0.46m. x 0.43m.(Netherhampton Salerooms 2 October 2013)
Shasavan soumac mafrash, side panel, first half 19th c. (Bertram Frauenknecht at Motel Capri)
A mid 19th century Shahsavan mafrash. Size 43×105 cm. (Rippon Boswell 26 November 2011)
Shahsavan Soumak Mafrash panel with silk wefts. 46 x 108 cm.(Nagel 13 September 2011)
Knotted pile Shahasavan mafrash side panel, early 20th century. 120 x 38 cm.(Exhibitor Alberto Boralevi at KARMA 2011)

Persian

Qashqa’i Mafrash Side Panel, Bolvardi Tribe first quarter 20th century. Size 48 x 77 cm. (Rippon Boswell, The Kossow Collection 26 March 2011)

Kurdish

A Kurdish piled mafrash, north west Persia, late 19th/early 20th century, overall 5ft. 4in. x 3ft. 11in., 1.63m. x 1.20m. (Netherhampton Salerooms 8 March 2012)

Turkmen

Pair of white ground Yomut Turkmen mafrash faces, Turkmenistan, second half 19th century, each 1ft. 2in. x 2ft. 3in. 0.36m. x 0.69m. (Netherhampton Salerooms 4 March 2015)
Tekke Mafrash face, Turkmenistan, 2nd half 19th ct. Size 24 x 80 cm.(Nagel 13 March 2013)
An Ersari mafrash, Middle Amu Darya region, Turkestan circa 1880 approximately 1ft. 8in. by 3ft. 2in. (0.51 by 0.97m.) (From the Collection of Joseph W. Fell at Sothebys 19 May 2011)

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