Uzbekistan, Central Asia, late 19th century
Comprising six wide woven bands of horizontal stripes, each with alternating colorations of motifs of ram's heads
and horns, the lower half becoming almost reciprocal in nature; of wool on wood foundation, in saturated colors
in red, black, green and ochre from natural dyes.
Condition: immaculate, with no holes or stains; a striking example
The exotic, bold and graphic jajim, originally intended as a cover (jajim), is a ritual textile usually associated with dowry
functions. It is composed of narrow bands of warp faced weave, sewn together. Rich in symbolism, the elements probably
represent fertility or talismans, with motifs similar to rams horns seen throughout central Asia. The were often used as room
dividers and table coverings. The weave is hardy, able to withstand wear on the floor, yet light and certainly decorative
enough to be used a bed cover or wall hanging. The loose weave of the verso adds great weight and stability for the floor,
should that be the desire. However, for floor use, a canvas backing should be hand tacked verso to protect the loose threads.
6'10" x 6'3"
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