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Notes on Oriental Rugs by Barry O'Connell

Uzbek Rugs: Guide to The Uzbek Napramach

The Uzbek Napramach

Napramach is the Uzbek word for a small bag typically used as a mat to sit upon. In use they are very similar to the Balisht of the Baluch or the Pushti used in Iran. I wonder if the Yastik of Turkey may also be the descendent of small bag as well. Of course that is speculative.

A point to consider is the dual use concept in nomadic cultures. I used to go on extended solo backpacking trips in the winter. I might go days without seeing any other human being. What I had I carried with me so size and weight were a consideration. As is typical for backpackers I looked for things that had multiple uses. In a nomadic culture a grain bag becomes a cushion to sit upon or lean against. Once the family leaves the life as herders they still may weave the cushions with a back since that is they way that they are used to using.

Uzbek Napramach Napramach is the Uzbek word for a small bag typically used as a mat to sit upon. In use they are very similar to the Balisht of the Baluch or the Pushti used in Iran. I wonder if the Yastik of Turkey may also be the descendent of small bag as well. Of course that is speculative.

Uzbek Napramach late 19th c. Lot 42

Notes on Oriental Rugs by Barry O'Connell

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