Yesterday we toured the horses of Deborah Butterfield
so today, we look at saddle blankets and pouches.
Persian Saddle Blanket, mid 20th C from Iran
close-up of this woven wool/silk
Afghan 20th C--decorated horse blanket
cotton, button, velvet, feathers
Dine Horse Blanket, early 20th C
wool--natural color; red, possibly cochineal
Tibetan saddle blanket, early 20th C wool
I love how this blanket has been used! you can see the warp threads and
in some areas you could see the patch work
Southwestern Blanket--notice the grey patch on the right corner
and in this corner more warp threads exposed from wear
Turkish Saddle Bag--quite elaborate early 20th C
natural dyes on wool
Afghan Region, C 1970
I would hope this is what they call "Turkey Red" but there is no fact to that
Indian Horse cover, India ca 1980
cotton, silk, tassels and mirrors--very typical of Indian work
It was a treat to see these horse blankets, covers and bags.
Thank goodness, some of these textiles have survived their daily uses.