Yomut Turkmen Chuval, Central Asia, 19th C. 3’ 6” x 2’ 5”

An excellent and older example of Yomut weavings, albeit with some surface wear.  The gols (medallions) are boldly drawn with none of the stiffer qualities seen in later, commercial examples. The secondary elements, while a familiar shape (five boxes joined together to form a cross of sorts) is distinguished by the elements adorning the center of each of the boxes or compartments.   The elem, too, is unusual though truncated as it certainly once extended further down from the border and field of this chuva (large storage bag, presumably made for dowry)l.

The colors are all derived from natural dyes.  The condition is apparent in the photographs, no repairs or stains, but with overall wear that is accentuated a bit in the center of the field.

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