Beautiful Antique Persian Silk Saddle Horse Cover Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa date: Late 19th Century – This unique and beautiful antique piece is a rare find in many ways. This silk Persian saddle rug was created in the latter part of the 19th century when the Persian carpet industry was undergoing a revival after a period of decline due to civil strife. The most common form that these designs took was in the creation of beautiful and inspired rugs, but this piece demonstrates that they were also found on many utilitarian items. this saddle rug was meant to fit the saddled of a camel. It is designed to accommodate the various saddle pieces and accouterments that were necessary for travel.
Silk is a durable fiber that has a luster that catches the light in a way that no other fiber can do. It can also be spun into incredibly fine threads, and it is known for its ability to take and hold color with little fading. Yet, it is not typically one that you would typically associate with something as utilitarian as a saddle or hours cover. This Persian piece features a classic design that features a high level of detail.
A saddle rug or horse cover is something that you expect to receive a high level of wear, as you can see in this piece. Typically, you would use wool or a less expensive fiber to create such an item. This suggests that this piece was created for either ceremonial purposes, or someone of higher rank and social status. This piece was designed to fit on top of the saddle and cover the various carrying items underneath.
Camel and horse saddles came in many sizes and shapes. There was often a thick rug that was meant to protect the animal from the rubbing of the saddle and pressure. The saddle was placed on top of this. Next, various boxes, rolls, and accouterments were attached to the saddle. Many times, a decorative saddle rug was used to cover the assemblage. This antique Persian horse cover was meant to protect the items and to add comfort for the rider. This piece would have been the top layer of the saddle assemblage. It was meant to be seen.
This is a beautiful piece that would make an excellent addition to your collection as a framed piece. It is an important historical item for its design, material, and rarity. It is a piece that was made with a level of skill and craftsmanship that pays homage to the masterful pieces that were part of this period in textile history.