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Old Uzbek patchwork tribal blanket

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Old Uzbek "Kurak" is a patchwork tribal blanket, Central Asia. They recycle every little left over fabric form silk to cotton. A great example of ethnic textiles patchwork blanket. Made out of antique and vintage fragments - silk embroidery, Ikats, silk velvet, brocaded fragments and other cotton and various fabrics, framed with antique pure silk Ikat.

It is made skillfully by the bride as a part of her dowry. The quality of the embroidery reflected her skills and consequently her value as a wife.

Great for Boho-Chic, Bohemian decorating style, and can also be mixed with contemporary, modern or traditional decor.

Age: 1920s.
Size: 7'4"x 5'4", 220-160 см.

"Kurak" are the Turkic word most Central Asians use for patchwork. Some scholars believe people have made kurak for over a millennium. Others tie its history to the nineteenth-century expansion of trade with Russia, which brought new materials to the region.

Regardless of its beginnings, the primary role of patchwork in Central Asia has always been as a protective charm used by brides, new mothers, and children to guard against sorcery, sickness, and evil spirits. Triangular fabric amulets (tumar or doga) attached to clothing and animal trappings were believed to appease supernatural elements, protect against harm, and keep the mystical forces of nature in harmony. The repeating triangles commonly found in Central Asian patchwork served a similar purpose, scaring off the "evil eye" and other bad thoughts and intentions.
  • QUALITY:  Blend of soft colors embroideries, natural dyes. It's elaborate, highly complex and bold dynamic design. The embroidery is very delicate. The handle is soft. The colours are rich.
  • CONDITION:  In excellent, without stains, holes. Very strong, solid vintage condition for its age. Because of the old and handmade quality of textile, there are small imperfections that add to it's one of a kind nature.
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