Sofreh (kilim to make bread) with a plain background in undyed wool and with some misterious motifs in the central field.
Sofrehs take their name from the Farsi (Persian) word for cloth and are used for several functions connected with preparing and eating food. Eating cloths are normally referred to simply as sofrehs and vary enormously in size-from small, rectangular mats for personal use to extremelly long, narrow runners for communal eating. They are woven in several standard techniques, including alternating bands of kilim and pile rug, and produced by a number of nomadic and tribal weavers in Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and to a lesser degree, elsewhere.
The weaver of this sofreh had a small loom so she wove this piece in two parts and joined them in the middle. All the dyes are natural.
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