Saddle Bags


   Saddle-bags are the travelling equipment of the Orientals, replacing trunks and every sort of travelling bag. They are made from rugs and are stoutly bound with leather, closing at the top with a most ingenious arrangement of leather loops on one side which are put through the holes in the leather binding on the opposite side, and then slipped successively one into the other, forming a regular chain stitch. The last loop is fastened with a sort of wooden button or a padlock.

Kilim Saddle Bags

   They come in all sizes from the very large sort (see illustration) which, suspended one on each side, make a pack for an animal, to the very small one in which the children carry their school boks. Along the route of the railway which the Germans are building to Bagdad and have finished as far as Eregli, the travellers waiting at the stations present a strange apperance in their picturesque Oriental costumes. Most incongruous of all  is their baggage, consisting of saddle-bags of every size and colour filled with all sorts of commodities. The iron horse has replaced the Arab steed, but the saddle-bag survives, and I fancy it will be a long time before leather Gladstones and valies will find favour in the eyes of the Oriental. Let us hope so at least, for travel in Turkey will have lost half its charms when the colour combinations in costumes and travel equipment shall give place to the sombre European clothes and common leather bags. Among the rugs that com efor saddle-bags one still finds some very choice bits, beautiful Sennas, etc.

   Along the back of divans in Eastern homes is placed a row of long pillows covered with rugs and kelims woven for this purpose. The collector should not overlook these small pieces in his search for beautiful colouring and choice weaving.

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