A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

Uzbek Carpet
Central Asia
Circa 1830
370 x 208 cm (122 x 610)

Notes: Asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
Carpets from the non-Turkoman populations of central Asia such as the Uzbeks, the Karakalpaks and the Kirghiz have started to appear more frequently in the West, particularly since the fall of the Soviet empire. As there is very little literature about them, they represent a very interesting core of weavings which, together with their related embroideries, felts and other tribal trappings, are now one of the most actively collected areas among rug conoisseurs.
This early example is characterised by its design of large gulli guls, most of which feature different inner decorations, with repeatedly different secondary guls. An ancient treatment of pattern, typical of Turkish rugs of the Seljuk and early Ottoman period, can be seen in the empty space left in proximity of the border, as if the frame is not interrupting an infinite repeat but only containing it. The very unusual border of connected totemic-like forms adds another archaic touch to the composition.



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