Mafrash is a flat woven Kilim or sumakh nomadic object used as a bedding bag. The nomads would store their mattresses and covers in them, either placed within the tent or alongside a horse.
This wonderful installation in Baku illustrates how this would take place. It’s difficult to envisage otherwise, thanks to @isacbaku and @azerbaijancarpetmuseum for allowing us to visualise. You may also see how the covers of the previous post would be placed on the horse’s back. So if you’ve ever wondered what those cute nomadic ‘tables’ I have at the office are, here’s your answer!
Five fabulous antique horse covers from the nomadic Shahsavan tribes of Karabagh & Shirvan at the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum. They are all visually stunning and aesthetically rewarding. This year I’ve acquired 6 for the Gallery so pass by to see how gorgeous they look if you can’t come to Baku!