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Wedding trapping
Central Asia, Turkmenistan (Salor)
18th century

Private collection
54 x 19 inches

The field pattern of this trapping is comparable to a musical fugue with multiple themes and variations. Notice changes of color, scale and placement of the curly leaf as it is repeated in groups of three or four throughout the central field. The field pattern relies on glide reflection. Typically, as in many Oriental rugs, the infinite pattern in the central field is arbitrarily cut off by borders.

Here, the multiple border patterns all utilize reflection along both the horizontal and vertical axes. The lower edge of this object preserves evidence of long blue tassels that would have swayed along the camel's side during a wedding procession.

The wool is very lustrous and is augmented by bright pink silk in the pile. Generally, among tribal and nomadic weavers, wool is used from the sheep they raise. Silk is reserved for the highest levels of production.

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