Carpet weaving is one of the oldest art forms of the peoples of Central Asia
Carpet weaving is one of the oldest art forms of the peoples of Central Asia. It reflects the centuries-old historical ties. Traditional ornaments are closely tied to the lifestyle, cultural exchanges of the people who had lived in the vast land of the Central Asia. It is also an important historical source, which carries information about the beliefs and values of these people. This carpet on the wall of the Turkmen Carpet Museum in Ashgabat was included in the Guinness Book of Records in 2003. Its size is 300 square meters. It took eight months and 40 weavers to complete the carpet. Now the carpet is no longer the largest in the world, but tourists still come to the museum to see it. The collection includes 2000 other exhibits, including garments, household items and elements used by nomadic tribes.
GYULSHIRIN AMANMUKHAMMEDOVA, MUSEUM GUIDE:
- They used to store dishes, salt and other items inside. There are also large decorative bags, they are called chuval. People used to keep their clothes in them.
The museum does not just display old carpets, but also carries out their restoration. A microscope, needles and threads is what the specialists need to give the rare items a second life.
OGYULSAPAR SHARYBAYEVA, RESTORATOR:
- It's much more difficult to restore an old carpet than to make a new one. It takes two days to weave ten centimeters of a new carpet, and ten days to restore the same amount.
All the restored ancient carpets are displayed in the museum.