Today, almost all of us use a variety of wallets in our pockets or Persian handbags. Wallets are very useful for keeping cash, some documents, as well as bank cards, and they can keep these things with better safety. A wallet allows you to keep all of these things neatly organized and easy to carry. Iranian wallets with beautiful designs can be a good choice for maintaining your belongings.
In today’s article, we are trying to scrutiny the history of the use of Iranian wallets and also describe the uses of this type of wallet in general. The use of a small purse as a bag for placing coins has been popular since ancient times, and people have always carried their money in separate purses. Stay with us in this article so that you can also learn about the history of using this type of Persian bag.
Iranian wallets usage history
Before knowing the history of the Persian wallet, it is better to know what exactly this word refers to. The original meaning of the word “wallet” is a small bag to hold your money. In the UK, this definition of wallet still stands and the term for a larger bag that holds more items is called a handbag, but in American English, the terms wallet and handbag are considered the same.
In this definition, a modern wallet is a fashionable purse with straps that can be easily placed on the shoulder and is used to carry personal items such as money, cosmetics, mobile phones, etc. Purses are mainly designed for women and used by them, however, in the last 30 years, many men’s bags have also been available in the market, which has various types and can be purchased from small to large bags and with different materials.
Iranian wallets have not always been in the form of modern and suitable bags used by women. The first wallets in history were mostly for carrying coins and were only used by men. Iranian wallets were used for a long time before women started using them.
The concept of a wallet has been around for thousands of years, and these bags have evolved along with fashion and the need to carry more personal items. This article explores the evolution of Iranian wallets throughout history and explains how wallets have changed over the years in terms of size and design.
Wallet in ancient times
The history of the Persian wallet goes back to more than 5000 years ago. A man named Ötzi, or the Iceman, who is the oldest natural mummy in Europe, was found in the Alps in 1991 with a small handbag by his side. This bag was made of Ottoman tree bark and a strap was attached to it. Further evidence of ancient bags can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphs showing men carrying bags around their waists, and again in biblical times where Judas Iscariot is identified as carrying bags.
Wallet in the Middle Ages
Coin purses were very common in the early Middle Ages for both men and women. They were made with round pieces of Persian leather and a drawstring at the top to hold the bag tightly. Instead of carrying the bag over the shoulder like shoulder bags, people tied the drawstring around their Persian belt like a belt worn over their Persian clothes. These bags were very small and were probably only useful for carrying small items such as coins.
As the Middle Ages drew to a close, a new style of wallet became popular among the elite class. These new bags were made with a triangular metal frame and leather on the metal frame. They had small openings at the top and wide bottoms and were secured by a drawstring or, in later versions, a metal clip. Similar to early medieval purses, these purses were hung from the wearer’s belt either by a drawstring or by a metal Persian ring at the top of the purse.
Wallets in the Renaissance
During the 16th and 17th centuries, fashion changed significantly and women wore very loose dresses with lots of fabric. As a result, women could no longer wear their bags on the outside of their clothes because they would get tangled in their clothes. Instead, they wore bags that hung inside their clothes.
Men’s fashion also changed and so did the bags they carried. With the invention of pockets around 1670, men no longer had to carry a bag attached to their belts. They still carried smaller pouches to hold their money, which later became Iranian wallets.
Wallets during the industrial revolution
In the 18th century, with the discovery of the ancient city of Pompeii, fashion changed again. This discovery led to a fascination with sleek and slim designs. As a result, women wore slimmer clothes, so they could no longer hang a bag under their clothes, and the bag had to be reinvented. Women in this period again started using narrow bags with wrist straps.
With the great increase in rail travel in the 19th century, there was a demand for new bags that were more durable and could hold more items. This led luggage makers to start making bags for women when traveling by train.
Modern Iranian wallets
The first modern Persian wallet was conceived in 1841 by a great entrepreneur of that time named Samuel Parkinson. Parkinson requested a set of travel bags and Persian backpacks for his travels, as well as a bag for his wife. He realized that his woman’s bag was too small for her belongings and the material it was made of was not of durable quality. As a result, he ordered several bags of different sizes to be made for his wife so that she could have different options depending on the situation.
Parkinson contracted HJ Cave to design and manufacture these handbags for his wife. As a result, the first line of luxury Iranian wallets was produced. In 1865 HJ Cave stopped producing their modern bags for the general public and only produced them for royalty, celebrities, and anyone else who could afford them.
In the 1930s, handbags evolved significantly. Many of the designs we see today were invented during this time. Companies like Chanel and Louis Vuitton began to make a name for themselves by marketing high-end bags, which they continue to do today.
During World War II, bags changed a bit once again. Instead of being made with metal frames, they were made of plastic or wood, as metal was needed for war. This only lasted a few years, after which bag designs returned to pre-war styles.
In the 1970s, men once again started carrying handbags, which people referred to as wallets. These bags have a more masculine look than regular bags and allow men to carry more things with them. It became especially popular in the last 20 years as people started to carry electronic devices with them and needed extra carrying capacity.