Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Salt Bags

Rectangular textile with a tapered top and geometric design
Salt bag, Western Iran, Bakhtiari tribe, c. 1875-1900. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2015.490.4. Gift of Inger G. and William B. Ginsberg, 2015.


Join Seattle rug collector Pat Weiler for a lively look into the story of salt: a vital necessity for both humans and their domestic animals. The history of this valuable trade item will be colorfully illustrated through a wide selection of 19th- and 20th-century patterned, woven bags used for the storage and transport of salt along migration routes of historical Greater Persia.

In this virtual talk, Weiler will examine the history and necessity of salt, along with the design and use of its colorful containers. The presentation will cover the story of salt, salt bag features and their connection to tribal life in the region. The various tribes and cultures are shown, together with a selection of their salt bags.

About Pat Weiler

Pat Weiler collects Oriental furnishing rugs, tribal and village rugs, decorative animal trappings, and a variety of containers, including saddle bags, salt bags and cargo bags. Weiler has been president of the Seattle Textile and Rug Society for the last ten years. His interest was influenced by fellow textile enthusiasts on the West Coast of the United States, including Portland author and dealer James Opie, Seattle author and collector James Burns, and California author Murray Eiland, along with sculptor and author Parviz Tanavoli. Weiler has shared his enthusiasm and collection by presenting talks on salt bags, Luri weavings and flatweave structures over the years.

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (11 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. PDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included. 

About Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Collectors and experts discuss textile topics and display examples from their personal holdings. This series is named in honor of late Textile Museum trustee emeritus, Harold M. Keshishian. Browse upcoming programs