A beautiful, colourful long Julkhyr "bearskin" rug, probably woven by Arab tribes in the Kyrgyz or Uzbek regions of central Asia. Woven in multiple narrow strips of diamonds and two blue side and bottom borders, all sewn together to form the rug. Rare and primitive.
Julkhyrs are long, coarsely woven sleeping rugs, primarily made in Uzbekistan but also Afghanistan. They are similar in use and construction to old Gabbehs. Strictly utilitarian and woven for personal rather than commercial use, they give a glimpse of what the people of Central Asia actually wove for themselves. Most rugs were woven for market but this Julkhyr is truly an ethnographic piece of authentic folk-art.