A fleecy, soft, high pile Julkhyr "bearskin" rug, probably woven by Arab tribes in the Kyrgyz or Uzbek regions of central Asia. Woven in two halves on narrow horizontal looms, and sewn together in the middle to make a wide "sleeping" rug. Classic diamond composition in blue and yellowish gold with running dog borders.
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.