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 central part of this sofreh has been woven entirely with undyed wool creating a wonderful abrash or degrade in the fiel that contrasts with the colourful border. The weaver has added some misterious motifs in the lower area.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 181×113 cms
Origin: Qashqai tribe, Iran
Date of weaving: 1960-70s
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