Rug Gallery

Central Asia, Turkmenistan (Chodor)
19th century

The Textile Museum R37.6.1
Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1914
207 x 113 cm

Seemingly simple in its arrangement of symmetrical medallions in the central field, this carpet exhibits a surprising degree of sophistication in its play with symmetry. Close examination of the stylized floral forms in each medallion reveals that there is no reflection along the horizontal axis. The field pattern combines vertical reflection and glide reflection with color alternation resulting in a series of vertical bands of color.

Above and below the central field, the symmetrical design of a serrated leaf is repeated as a field pattern using reflections and glide reflections. The offsetting of colors to the right and left as weaving progressed yields chevrons facing different directions in the upper and lower panels.

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