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Early, rare and colorful non-Turkmen Central Asian panel of uncertain origin - possibly Arab Uzbek. It could date to the early 19th century, which for non-Turkmen Central Asian pile weavings is uncommonly  ...
Early, rare and colorful non-Turkmen Central Asian panel of uncertain origin - possibly Arab Uzbek. It could date to the early 19th century, which for non-Turkmen Central Asian pile weavings is uncommonly  ...
Early, rare and colorful non-Turkmen Central Asian panel of uncertain origin - possibly Arab Uzbek. It could date to the early 19th century, which for non-Turkmen Central Asian pile weavings is uncommonly  ...
Early, rare and colorful non-Turkmen Central Asian panel of uncertain origin - possibly Arab Uzbek. It could date to the early 19th century, which for non-Turkmen Central Asian pile weavings is uncommonly  ...
Early, rare and colorful non-Turkmen Central Asian panel of uncertain origin - possibly Arab Uzbek. It could date to the early 19th century, which for non-Turkmen Central Asian pile weavings is uncommonly  ...
Early, rare and colorful non-Turkmen Central Asian panel of uncertain origin - possibly Arab Uzbek. It could date to the early 19th century, which for non-Turkmen Central Asian pile weavings is uncommonly  ...
Early, rare and colorful non-Turkmen Central Asian panel of uncertain origin - possibly Arab Uzbek. It could date to the early 19th century, which for non-Turkmen Central Asian pile weavings is uncommonly  ...
Early, rare and colorful non-Turkmen Central Asian panel of uncertain origin - possibly Arab Uzbek. It could date to the early 19th century, which for non-Turkmen Central Asian pile weavings is uncommonly early, but it is hard to know for sure because of the lack of comparable examples. When i last posted this i had never seen another piece of the type or make, but had heard of another like it. As a result of my first post, i have now seen images of what appears to be its mate. They must have been two faces of an squarish nomadic bag set. It lacks original selvedges and ends, but seems nearly complete. It was re-salvaged sometime ago and done with materials that look right and like they have been there for a long time. It is approximately 30 inches square. The piece seems too finely woven and supple to be a border fragment of a very large rug as the design seems to imply. Instead, it has the handle and feel of a bag face, albeit an unusual sized one, but not out of the question for a Central Asian nomadic product. The naturally dyed colors are beautiful and robust. Looking at the back of the piece one gets the impression of great age. For a piece with relatively high pile and simple, out-sized scale of design the handle is quite soft and floppy. The unusually finely spun yarns used for both the warp materials and the knots, account for this very supple feel. It has had some re-piling throughout which in most cases blends very well. If one choses, a little bit of "zen" re-piling - mainly in the white areas on one side, would help the picture, but to my mind is beautiful as is. This is a special piece with real character and charm and should be something quite satisfying for a collector of Central Asian material or someone who appreciates its rarity and primitive beauty. It stands on it's own among non-Turkmen Central Asian pile weavings as something rare and quite unique. It comes from a prominent Bay Area collection.
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