Storage Bag (Chuval) Face

Object Name: Storage bag

Date: early 19th century

Geography: Attributed to Central Asia

Medium: Wool (warp, weft and pile), cotton (weft); asymmetrically knotted pile

Dimensions: Rug: H. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm)
W. 54 1/2 in. (138.4 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922

Accession Number: 22.100.40a


Identifiable by the unique design vocabulary adopted by each Turkmen tribal group, these rare and important textiles are one of only a few known works attributable to the Arabatchi Turkmen. Although identical in technique to that used for carpet weaving, these fragments once formed the faces of a chuval, a type of deep storage bag. Suspended from the trellislike structure of a Turkmen tent interior, these chuval served to hold family belongings— somewhat akin to a wardrobe, but eminently more portable.