On view through June 13, 2021 at the de Young,
in the T.B. Walker Textiles Education Gallery:
The Fine Arts Museums are home to one of the most important collections of Turkmen carpet weavings in the United States. The foundation of this collection was solidified by a major gift of Central Asian carpets and textiles from Caroline and H. McCoy Jones in the early 1980s. The Joneses’ gift put the de Young on the map of the international rug-collecting world, and in the years following, two other major collections of Turkmen weavings were donated to the Museums, namely that of Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg, who gifted their collection in 1997, and that of George and Marie Hecksher, who began gifting rare textiles to the Museums in 1999.
For more information, please visit the Exhbition page.
Image: Large storage bag (chuval), face, First half of 19th century or earlier Turkmenistan, Central Asia, Turkmen, Salor tribe. Wool, silk; knotted pile (asymmetric knot, open left, medium degree warp depression, weave direction opposite that of design). 83.8 x 142.2 cm (33 x 56 in.). The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection. Gift of H. McCoy Jones. 1983.100.5