|Title||Missing Key 2006|
Glass Beads, loom woven,
162 150 beads (252 beads per square inch)
29.5 x 20" 590
with the shadow box: 32 x 25.5 x 2.5 "
May 21, 2006, Art
Collector, Westfield, NJ
Initial price, $12,000
Current value, $20,000, September 2014
Arabic word for Five.
It Refers to the Confederacy of Five Tribes
See the text below
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means five in Arabic, and it refers to “the Confederacy of Five” or the five tribes
(the Arab, Nafar, Baharlu, Inalu, and the Basseri) that lived to
the southwest of Qashqai territories in southern Iran near
Shiraz. The Confederacy was dissolved 1956. Their weavings often
include “bird rugs” – rugs with multiple bird images. Classic
rugs of the Five Tribes had 3 repeated central medallions, and
often were rather improvisational in nature unlike other Persian
rugs that were woven rigidly in the same design generation after
generation. Repeating stripes, also known as “cane patterns”,
can be seen in Khamseh weavings from time to time.
Text by Alexandra Zonis