antique Mokari runner kilim in natural dyes from South East Afghanistan.
Origin: Mukkur/Gazni Afghanistan
Woven: c. 1910
Size: 360 x 140 cm
This town on the long, hot road between Kabul and Kandahar in southern Afghanistan ist not only an important caravanserai, it also serves as the traditional gathering and market Place for the Kutchi nomads of eastern and central Afghanistan. These are the Pushtu-speaking Kuchis, a colourful and memorable group who may be dubbed the gypsies of Central Asia. The Kuchi are wanderers rather then nomads, earning a livelihood as traders and tinkers. It is a romantic and captivating sight to see a caravan of Kuchi, with sometimes just two or three but more often dozens of camels, walking alongside a dusty road or tail. The train will incorporate fierce dogs, as well as the sheep, goats and children, and all possessions, along with the younger less mobile animals and birds such as chickens, piled on the camels. In the spring and again in the autumm a large fair is held outside Mukkur, and the nomads and travellers come from hundreds of miles away to exchange goods, dairy produce and animals for consumer essentials from the bazaar. Whole hillsides are covered with encampments for several months of the year.
Kilims are of very fine quality and although appear similar to other Afghan Kilims, Ghalmouri's have a superior wool quality are much finer woven and hard wearing.
100% hand woven and wool warp and wool weft.
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