|Type:||For the Floor|
|Place Made:||Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Northern Afghanistan|
|Period:||Mid 20th century|
|Date:||1960 - 1970|
|Dimensions:||L 213 cm x W 88 cm|
|Techniques:||Felted; pieced; hand-sewn; fringed|
|Credit:||Gift of Dr. Daniel and Mrs. Sharon Pollock|
Felt is an ancient fabric, and in Central Asia, was probably made prior to the invention of spinning and weaving. Mosaic or patchwork felts were favoured by the Kirghiz, Kazakh and Uzbek. Two layers of contrasting coloured felts were placed on top of one another and cut through with a sharp knife. The resulting shapes were turned and stitched back in place, creating positive-negative images. Felts of this kind were used as dome material for yurts and as floor and wall coverings.