Description & Technical information

A small bag in 'tirmeh' with a silver embroided flower, probably used for tobacco. Persian Qajar period, mid 19th century. Termeh is a nice cloth which is woven since Safavi era in Iran and now Yazd province is the main center of producing it. There is an argument between researchers about its origin. Some of them believe that Termeh has been made in Kashmir and then brought to Iran. Others say that Iranian have been the innovator of weaving Termeh and this material has been taken in to concentration like other handicrafts in other parts of world. Weaving Termeh needs a good wool which has tall fibers. Usually the designs of Iranian Termeh were the result of the co-operation between two persons. Weaving Termeh was a very careful, sensitive and time consuming work that a good weaver could produce only 25 to 30 centimeters in a day. The background colors which are used in Termeh are jujube red, light red, green, orange and black. In the Encyclopedia Iranica P.836, vol V Azeri garments are described as follows: …Cut velvet, gold brocade and a striped woollen twill cloth (tirmä) were characteristic of the finer garments, all trimmed with a decorative braids and often with silver or gold lace at the cuffs.

Date:  Mid-19th century
Period:  1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  Iran
Medium: embroidered