1 foot 8 inches x 1 foot 9 inches
51 cm. x 54 cm.
Another octagonal medallion and small inner medallion but, unlike the previous
two examples, no stars are present. Instead there is a complex gul-like medallion
with different vertical and horizontal extensions like that which are seen on
the pile-carpets made in south-west Turkestan. Such a pattern's appearance on
a soumak bag is very unusual and more than implies the common designiconography
both groups of weavings once shared. Also note the four large, abstract animals
placed in the corners of the central field. These archaic animals are very similar
to those found on some of the earliest known Turkish pile-carpets, which are
generally dated circa 1500 AD. These design similarities are evidence of the
interaction between the indigenous weaving cultures of the Caucasus with those
of neighboring Turkey and Central Asia.
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