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Old June 15th, 2017, 05:35 AM   #77
Steve Wallace
Join Date: Jan 2015
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In relation Rich's post 75, and his not being aware of Uzbek Tataris until recently, maybe the appearance of this group of textiles is related to the Russian presence in Afghanistan late 1979 to 1989 (I think).

Given that the Uzbek Tatari live or used to live in and around Northern Afghanistan, it certainly seems possible that their circumstances may have been disrupted during that period. (This may be an understatement.)

I started collecting textiles in about 1980 to 1981. I have a hazy recollection of one show put on in my city (Adelaide, Australia, in 1981 or 1982) by Alexandra and Leigh Copeland (who were still able to go to Kabul and buy up textiles) that had a few of these Uzbek Tatari pieces.

As stated earlier, I got mine in 1983; that particular shop seemed to be an Uzbek shop, with limited stock (by the time I was there). This was unlike most of the others which had stacks of Afghan rugs, Maimana kilims and Baluch flat weaves, balishts, and rugs.

I also recall going to another shop which had hardly any stock, but bought a kilim made from a tent band that had very recently been assembled by sewing the strips together with commercial wool. The one I bought had 3 strips joined. I could have bought another from the same tent band with 2 strips joined. I believe this is also some sort of Uzbek weaving.

So, in summary, I reckon that the Russian presence had effects on the market, as a consequence of disrupted groups of people, and what follows. From memory (risky, I know), at some stages there were about 5 million refugees in Pakistan and Iran.

So maybe that's the reason, Rich. Or maybe not.


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