Posted by Pat Weiler on November 27, 1998 at 10:25:58:
Ayatlyk is a term used to describe a burial or funeral rug. See Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections, p. 126, plate 135.
They were made to cover the dead during the funeral ritual and then left on the graves. They were then "passed over" or donated to the cemetery mosques.
This may explain the good condition and lack of "baby stains".
The Ayatlyk in the book is 87x127 cm, similar in size to the one on this board. It is pile-woven, though.
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