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Bag face

Bag face

  • Place of origin:

    Central Asia (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

WARP: white wool; Z2S; 23 threads per inch (85-90 per dm).

WEFT: brown wool; Z2S; 2 shoots after each row; 22-24 knots per inch (98 per dm).

PILE: wool, silk and cotton (the silk and cotton are found in the field); 9 colours: dark red, red, light red, dark green, dark blue, dark pink (silk), brown, cream white (cotton); asymmetrical knot open to the right and tied around 2 threads; 265 knots per sq. inch (4265-4410 per sq. dm).

SIDE FINISH: left hand side incomplete but both sides have 2 cords overcast with red wool.

END FINISH: both cut. The lower has 2 cms. of plainweave with red weft and the remains of 2 shoots of dark blue weft. Upper: maximum 1 cm. plainweave with blue weft.

DESIGN: Field: dark red ground with 5 bands of 6 guls lying within a grid. At the centre of each gul is a hexagon, quartered in dark blue and dark red or in dark green and dark pink (silk), which lies on a stepped cross quartered in white (cotton) and red within a dark red lozenge. The diagonal corners of the completed rectangle are in dark green and dark pink (silk) or in dark blue and red with a white, yellow or red floret in each. The red and pink corners are in the bottom left and upper right creating the impression of diagonal bands moving across the bag face in that direction. The inner border and the 5 vertical field dividers are decorated with white and red lozenges outlined in dark blue and dark green on a dark red ground. The horizontal bars and the lower and upper inner border have white diamonds spaced between interlocking chevrons and the 2 variations are repeated in the outer borders.

Main border: dark red ground with a row of rectangles each containing an 8-pointed star in dark red or dark blue and white.

Uppermost border: dark red ground with one band of small floral springs in dark blue and dark green and above that, 2 very narrow blocks of colour in opposing diagonals.

Beyond the side guard stripes is a narrow band of undecorated dark red which forms the ground of the elem.

Elem: decorated with a fine lattice in toothed lines of white/dark green and dark blue and light red and lying over them are 17 barrow bars of diagonal blocks of colours.

Date catalogued: 11.12.96

Place of Origin

Central Asia (made)


19th century (made)


Length: 68.5 cm maximum, Length: 65 cm minimum, Width: 124.5 cm maximum, Width: 114 cm minimum

Production Note

Mentioned in "Turkoman Rugs in the V & A", by M. Franses and R. Pinner (intro. by Donald King). Analysis by L. Pinner. Hali 1980, Vol. 2, No. 4, p. 302, 305, 315

cf: K. Gombos (1975) illus. 38 and 39 "Salor-Turkmen chuval, 18th century" and "Salor-Turkmen chuval, 18th century".

R.D. Parsons (1990), ill. 83a, (Carpet). "This motif is popular among the Yamoud...Nowadays this design is rarely seen in Turkoman production...."

T. 97-1923
J. Clinton Bond, Quetta, Beluchistan. Purchased for £9.
"Camel bag (Salor deleted), Tekke Turcoman"


Wool; Silk


Middle East Section

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