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Uzbek Ghudjeri Kilim: warp-face, weft-float decoration

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Uzbek Ghudjeri Kilim:  warp-face, weft-float decoration

An antique flatweave circa 1880-1900. A dynamic example of warp-face patterning in a skillfully woven, antique (circa 1880-1900) “ghudjeri” or stripweave Uzbek kilim composed of twenty weft-float decorated strips stitched together, each section consisting of a larger vermilion red ground and a narrower indigo blue band, finely executed and with well-spaced, weft-float decoration in contrasting colors. Minor decoration consists of narrow horizontal bands of alternating rectangular or diagonal checks in either purple and yellow or black-brown and white demarcating the top and bottom of each attached section. This is an exceptionally long and heavy kilim, measuring approximately 131 inches x 51 inches and weighing 15 pounds (6.8 kilos), much of the weight owing to the elaborate supplementary weft. Often called a weft-float “brocade,” this term is somewhat inaccurate as it implies that the weft-float is embroidered after creation of the simple kilim foundation weave. In fact the weft-float is an integral, “supplemental” weft weave which is “floated” across the reverse side of the kilim when it is not employed in the surface decoration. Weft-float decoration requires great skill of the weaver and must be executed as the kilim foundation is woven. This is therefore not an embroidered kilim or brocade textile. Weft-float decorated panels rarely exceed 15 inches in width but are more typically four to six inches wide. Both the indigo blue and the vermilion red (which varies subtly to a dark orange-red) exhibit a desireable abrash and color variation typical of earlier dyes. A genuine tribal textile, the overall fabric is in very good condition for an antique, utilitarian weaving, but there are of course holes, old repairs and reattachments from different periods, some minor separation of the panels and areas of loss to the outside edges. For a detailed introduction to supplementary weft float decoration, see “Kilim [:] The Complete Guide, by Alastair Hull and Jose Luczyc-Wyhowska, ISBN: 0-8118-0359-7, Chronicle Books, 1993, illustrations 62 & 63 on p. 47] ADDITIONAL DETAILED PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE E-MAILED TO YOU ON REQUEST INCLUDING 10x AND 60x MAGNIFIED VIEWS OF THE YARN AND WEAVE. Copyright 2007 by Robert McCaffrey for RuyiStudio San Francisco. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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