Coat (qaba), Iran, 1875–1895. Cotton and silk, printed, dyed and with chintz.
When the St Gallen merchant Emil Alpiger returned to Zurich in 1896, after more than twenty years in Teheran, his luggage included a wooden trunk full of Persian clothes and fabrics. According to Emil Alpiger’s great-grandson, the trove was carefully looked after by the family across generations. Now, more than a hundred years later, the precious pieces are the focus of a special exhibition.
(Photo courtesy of Museum Rietberg.)