Living in the oasis cities of Central Asia along the Oxus River, eastern Turkmen weavers, such as the Ersari, became intimately familiar with the material culture of the settled peoples of the region. Silk ikats are perhaps some the most recognizable textiles of Uzbekistan and all of Central Asia. This large chuval storage bag is drawn with one of the most popular repeat diamond forms derived from ikat weaving. The abstracted tree forms found in the lower elem panel and sides, however, are quintessentially Turkmen. Both field and borders are beautifully rendered, employing subtle but significant variations of design. In a sense, this chuval, and the so-called Bashir tradition to which it belongs, may be seen as a culmination of Central Asian textile tradition. It merges both nomadic and sedentary cultures, and design elements that are in both pile weaving and flat weave. Collection of Val Arbab.
Ersari Chuval19th C (4th Q)
- Small area of re-piling in one medallion. Small domestic repairs, losses to elem, and minor losses to selvedges.
- 3' 3"
- 5' 5"
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