Rug Gallery

Tent girth
Central Asia, Turkmenistan
19th century

The Textile Museum R37.12.4
22 cm x 13.81m

Tent girths are wrapped around the trellis structure of a circular tent, serving both a decorative and a structural function.

The long and narrow format of tent bands lends itself to border patterns but no field pattern. Typically, the designs are either asymmetrical, or symmetrical with reflections along both the horizontal and vertical axis.

In weaving, the rectilinearity of interlacing warps and wefts is well-suited to the symmetry operations of reflection and glide reflection.

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