Wednesday, January 25, 2006


The so-called 'Khamseh Confederacy' title bestowed on a mixed group of Arab and Turkic tribes in the 1860s is a misnomer, but the name continues to be used to describe a group of weavings from these tribes and, for the time being, I will continue to attribute this group of weavings to the Khamseh Confederation. Khamseh, which means 'five' in Arabic, refers to the Arab tribe, the Baharlu and Ainalu tribes (both Turkic) and the Nafar and Basseri (both ethnically mixed tribes).

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