Yomud Turkmen Chuval, Central Asia, 19th century, 3’ 6” x 2’ 4”


If not for the structure of this chuval, it would be difficult to really say it is Yomud.  The palette is reminiscent of that seen in Arabatchi weavings, though without the synthetic orange/red that is present in most extant Arabatchi weavings.  The design is quite visually active, with a lovely array of colors that contribute to the illusion of ‘movement’ within this composition. 

The manner in which the secondary ‘gol’ is quite nice, with a clear, unfaded lemon yello w.  When a lemon yellow has not faded, it usually indicates an earlier date, circa 1850 (or before?), a trait more often seen in old Tekke weavings. 

The green is lovely as well and with no fading, with no indication of the blue with which it was mixed to form this green.  The interesting and quite beautiful drawing of the elem is quite different than elems seen in other Yomud chuvals, suggesting it must be from a different Yomud groups. 

The colors are all derived from natural dyes, and the condition is not without some wear (see the detail images) but with no repairs or re-weaves and there are no holes.  Note the presence of cotton in the wefting, some of which is dyed blue (see final detail image of the weave from the back).




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