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Vintage Iraqi Samawa Blanket - 254 x 163 cm

Vintage Iraqi Samawa Blanket - 254 x 163 cm

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Izar Samawa Blanket – Embroidered Weaving from South Iraq

Description

These are special kind of weavings from Iraq. These embroidered blankets were usually made for weddings by the girls and women living in the Marsh lands of Southern Iraq. They were usually made for personal use and depicted many kinds of symbols. The wedding rugs are made using a technique like embroidery, with needles usually used for crochet or alike. Two pieces are embroidered with the various motifs and then sewn together. That’s why most of those have a width of around 160 cm, and the length differs not much around 220 cm.

There are different theories of where the technique of stitching originates from. Some say there is an influence from India and sometimes you can even find African symbols. Either way, it is apparent that there is a long-lasting history and tradition in these artful pieces, as the people in the Marsh lands did not change their way of living much for centuries. Unfortunately, around the 1970ies the Marsh lands started to dry out and beginning from the 1990ies the wetlands were systematically dried out under the reign of Saddam Hussein. Some pieces were smuggled out of Iraq in neighboring countries during the embargo.

Care

All Samawa blankets have been carefully cleaned but naturally should be vacuumed or cleaned lightly from time to time. You should move rugs and textiles from time to time. Please keep in mind that these are vintage items, roughly between 40 and 80 years. They are used items and imperfections or small holes or repairs are normal and only confirm that you will receive a handmade product.

Quick Facts

100% Wool
Handmade Item
Made in Iraq
Dimensions: 254 cm x 163 cm
Ships from Germany

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