Uzbek "Julykhyrs" (bear skin) Band, Central Asia, 19th C., 7" x 4' (including tassels)
In the past, such weavings seemed to be readily available, both in the Central Asian marketplaces as well as with western dealers who frequented Afghanistan in more peaceful times and, later, Peshawar. But now, such things are seldom, if ever, seen for sale.
Woven in the 'bear skin' technique, with a long, shaggy pile face and no evidence of the knotting when viewed from the back. It is a technique more often associated with sleeping rugs rather than 'decorative' bands such as this example.
The colors are all derived from natural dyes. The condition is good.
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