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20 November 2018Tribal Rugs: 'Treasures of the Black Tent' 19th Century Rugs & Weavings of the Persian & Central Asian Tribes
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Tribal Rugs: 'Treasures of the Black Tent' 19th Century Rugs & Weavings of the Persian & Central Asian Tribes Brian MacDonald Tuesday 20 November 2018

The audience is taken on a journey beginning in Outer Mongolia in the 5th century BC and follows the 11th century migrations from Turkmenistan, the cradle of weaving, into the Caucasus, Persia and Afghanistan. They will be introduced to the nomadic tribes of these countries and their woven rugs, carpets and dowry bags, with particular emphasis on those of the 19th century and earlier. These tribal weavings illustrate the skill of the women who produced exquisite works of woven art, using vegetable colours and age-old designs whilst living and travelling in primitive conditions and hostile landscapes.  

The tribal weavings of the 19th century and earlier represent the pinnacle of achievement and wonderful free expression of the art of the weaver.

Today, these weavings are highly desirable and collectable works of woven art.