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Bijar 210x138cms

3340

KURDISH

When Afghan tribes destroyed the great Persian Safavid Empire, sacking Esfahan and other cities in the 1720’s, they left Kurdistan alone. These mountain peoples proved impenetrable.

Then for over a century the Kurdish Khans had full autonomy and a fruitful period of fine weaving ensued, carrying on the regal traditions of the Safavid courts, but informed by their own nation’s uninterrupted ancient aesthetic.