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Rug

Type: For the Floor
Object Name: Rug
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Northern Afghanistan
People: Uzbek
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1960 - 1970
Dimensions: L 213 cm x W 88 cm
Materials: Wool; cotton
Techniques: Felted; pieced; hand-sewn; fringed
ID Number: T87.0172
Credit: Gift of Dr. Daniel and Mrs. Sharon Pollock

Felt is an ancient fabric, and in Central Asia, was probably made prior to the invention of spinning and weaving. Mosaic or patchwork felts were favoured by the Kirghiz, Kazakh and Uzbek. Two layers of contrasting coloured felts were placed on top of one another and cut through with a sharp knife. The resulting shapes were turned and stitched back in place, creating positive-negative images. Felts of this kind were used as dome material for yurts and as floor and wall coverings.