Kurdish Soumak Trapping Pillow

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  • Provenance: Afghanistan, 21st Century
  • Dimensions: 39" W x 24" D x 7" H
  • Heirloom: Due to this item's handcrafted or reclaimed nature, there may be slight variations or imperfect qualities that give character to this one of a kind heirloom
  • Timeless Aesthetic: This item is ageless in aesthetic, avoiding obsolescence, limited use, or an otherwise shortened lifespan due to changing styles and trends

What Have We Here ?

For centuries, Kurdish women have practiced the art of rug-making, creating bags and tapestries that express a creative soul while fulfilling a functional necessity. This pillow is made with the durable remnants of a Soumak rug that was made by Kurdish weavers. Soumak rugs are woven thickly, with color and pattern on top and a rougher back underside, a technique that’s mirrored by the decorative face and simple back of this historic cushion. In addition, we are proud to offer this cushion that features a sustainably-sourced and RDS-certified down insert.

How to Use It ?

There are lengthy pieces of lounge furniture which would benefit from the addition of a substantial cushion. However, we recommend that you use this plush pillow as part of a low-to-the-ground seating arrangement that emphasizes intimacy. Layer pillows and poufs atop sumptuous rugs to create a cultured arrangement that’s free from rigid definitions.

Why It Matters ?

No modern machinery is needed to weave a Soumak rug that’s capable of surviving a century of use and beyond. By repurposing this still-functional textile, we pay homage to a tradition of sustainable craft that’s far older than modern notions of proverbially going green.