uzkeez means "wall hanging" in Kazakh. These wall hangings are made by nomadic women from the remote, predominantly Kazakh region of western Mongolia. Families proudly display the craftsmanship and design of the wall hangings, traditionally made to honor a birth, wedding or special event. Some of these tapestries are dated and inscribed or signed in Kazakh. Tuzkeez are usually unfinished on the underside and are placed behind beds or other furniture that line the walls of their gers (yurts) and cabins. Most Tuzkeez are non-representational art that adhere to the dictates of the Qur'an. During the communist era, they often used flowers and/or stars in their patterns. The Kazakhs are known for their dazzling patterns and vibrant colors. The borders of the wall hangings are made on a treadle sewing machine. The interior pattern is sewn by hand. It takes over 100 hours to make a tapestry. Tapestry making is a dying art form as younger women are less interested in learning how to make Tuzkeez and the older women are slowly catching up. The remaining tapestries are becoming increasingly rare.
Dimensions: 215x125 cm
Back: cotton fabric.
Condition: There are cracks and some fading (see photos). Otherwise it is in good antique condition.
A truly remarkable antique Uzbek textile of unusual qualities.
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