The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

Rugs and trappings from Central Asia, Afghanistan and China

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Knotted pile rugs have long been woven across Central Asia, which today comprises the independent states of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as in neighbouring Afghanistan and China’s western province of Xinjiang. For beauty, colour and technical excellence, the most highly prized pile rugs of this region are those of the Turkmen peoples. The Powerhouse Museum holds outstanding examples by Turkmen tribes such as the Tekke, Yomut and Chodor, that combine …