A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

ersari tribe
west turkestan
circa 1830
232 x 112 cm (7'7" x 3'8")

Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
Woven as utilitarian objects by Turkoman tribes, chuvals are the large tent bags used to transport and store clothing and bedding. The designs seen on these weavings are often characterised by motifs or guls particular to the given tribe. This very rare example is decorated by an unusual pattern of horizontal compartments containing geometric elements that are specific to this type, of which we only know three other examples. The lack of borders and elems reminds us of the design of some ak (white) chuvals of the Tekke and the kizil (red) chuvals of the Yomut, which are partially flatwoven and brocaded with horizontally arranged motifs.
Bibliography: E. Concaro, A. Levi, Sovrani Tappeti - Il tappeto orientale dal XV al XIX secolo (Milan 1999), plate 122: 141.
Provenance: Berdj M. Abadjian, New York.



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