Iran Dolls Kurdish & Qashqai People

Two large dolls made in Iran. They came as a pair but I found out much later that they are not a matching couple. On the left a male doll representing the Kurdish people (Kurds). Identified with the help of this document found online. On the right a female doll with a little sticker attached to her stand, telling us that she represents the Qashqai people. Similar dolls are also pictured in the document mentioned before. The Qashqai live mainly in southern and central Iran and are originally nomadic. The Iranian Kurds live in the northwest.

Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!


Object Dolls wearing traditional costumes
Origin Iran
Culture Kurdish & Qashqai people
Medium Fabric, wax, ribbon, leather, human hair, wood
Mark or Tag None & Sticker
Made by Unknown
Size H 44 cm
Dated Not dated
Acquired Online 2010


Here's a postcard that matches one of these dolls. It shows how the Qashqai people living in Iran are dressed in their traditional costume.

Text on the back of the postcard: 'Shiraz - National Costume'. No postmark (blank).

Happy collecting,