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Lakai Square

Lakai Square

Regular price $450.00 USD
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This is a Lakhai (Lakai) embroidered square was made in Afghanistan in the 20th century. It is made out of wool, embroidered with silk and outlined with silk tassels.

The Lakhai (or Lakai) are a nomadic tribe of Uzbekistan, northern Afghanistan and Tajikistan. They are known for their brightly colored geometric embroideries. These textiles are highly individualized, made up of abstract designs chosen by the women who made them. Some of these abstractions are sourced from the animal world, though they are expressive rather than representational. Motifs that can be described as scorpions, spiders, snakes, birds of prey and rams’ horns were commonly used, but the individual embroiderer had the freedom to alter these shapes and create her own composition as she saw fit.

Circa: Early 20th century

Origin: Afghanistan

Material: Silk embroidery on wool

Condition: some erosion to embroidery yarn, good

Dimensions: 21.5" x 21.5"

Inventory number: TX3977

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Keep in mind ...

Our vintage and antique pieces have traveled throughout the world and survived decades - maybe even centuries - of use. Do not expect them to be in perfect or *new* condition. Signs of their past makers and owners may be noticeable such as small holes, loose threads, & stains. In our opinion, this adds to their charm!