Uzbek or Arab(?) Flat Woven Bag, Central Asia, circa 1900, 2’11” x 3’


I have always like these flatweaves that we used to find in Afghanistan long ago.  They have long since disappeared from the marketplace, a phenomenon that none of us who had been in Kabul in the early days ever would have predicted.  But it has happened and these flat weaves have become quite rare and seldom do we find them in the western marketplace or in Kabul anymore.

The weave is a hardy soumac weave with brilliantly saturated colors. 

In pristine condition, the surface of this weaving is exceptionally “fresh” but the colors used suggest an early 20th century date.



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