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Rug

Type: For the Floor
Object Name: Rug
Local Name: gadjari
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan
People: Kazakh or Hazara
Period: Early 21st century
Date: 20th century
Dimensions: L 320 cm x W 180 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Warp-faced; warp-float; hand-sewn; fringed
ID Number: T2006.25.12
Credit: Gift of Max Allen

This rug is sewn from narrow bands woven in warp-float and warp-faced technique. The nomads found it convenient to assemble large items from bands, since a simple horizontal strip loom was easy to put together when necessary and dismantle when migrating to another camp. Bands woven from wool and cotton were cut into sections, sewn together, and embellished around the perimeter with narrower bands of contrasting colours. The Kirghiz and Kazakh used flat-woven rugs made from bands as floor coverings, wall hangings and horse blankets.