Uzbek flatweave, $660
from Uzbekistan / northern Afghanistan
mid 20th century
Size: 340 x 144 cm
List Price: $. 1,100
Sale Price: $. 660
These woven and embroidered rugs, known locally as ‘gilzai’ are made on narrow tripod looms. Long strips some 25 cm wide are woven. These finished strips, sometimes packed with a multitude of complex motifs, are cut and joined, creating a textile to whatever dimension required.
In this case the embroidery is completed after the strips are joined. Gilzai are woven traditionally in Uzbek villages to the west of Masar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.