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Lori kilim band, Persia, ca. 1900,10ft. 4in. x 0ft. 3in. Lot 380, Austrian Auction Company, 19th November, estimate: € 400 – 600. Tucked at the back of the sale are three woven bands made by west Persian nomads for use in packing and carrying loads. In a new study of these tribal totems by Fred Mushkat to be published in 2017, the authenticity and strong tribal identity that resonated through these objects is in revealed in great detail. For many years these weavings have been overlooked but the best examples deserve greater attention. This example may not be the finest of the three examples on offer but it does have the rare addition of animals and people.

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