Turkmen Bag Face

Turkmen Bag Face


Wool, silk, cotton; 252 symmetrical rug knots per square inch

Overall: 88.9 x 127 cm (35 x 50 in.)

Gift of Arlene C. Cooper 2008.223



The front of this bag, called a bag face, displays the distinctive hallmarks of the Saryk tribe. The main guls, or lobed motifs, are subdivided in quadrants and alternate with angular minor guls in staggered rows. It is the oldest known weaving of the Saryk tribe, with a soft red ground color and white cotton and magenta silk pile highlights. Essential storage containers, bags were suspended from wall trellises inside tents and transported by pack animals during seasonal migrations. Bags were woven in one piece with pile on the upper part for the front face and plain weave on the lower part for the back face, and then folded and sewn along both sides.

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