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Rugs of the Yomut Turkmen

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Comprising a significant part of the Museum’s rug collection is a large group of carpets and rugs, storage bags, tent bands and animal trappings woven by women of the nomadic Yomut Turkmen people of Central Asia between the late 1700s and early 1900s. These fine weavings were meticulously acquired by collector Robert Upfold over some 20 years and donated to the Museum in 2012. Culturally expressive and skilfully executed, they capture the essence of a fiercely independent people and their lost …