The fact that fabrics are necessary in our lives is stating the obvious. Textiles are an integrated element in our households.\nBut some are decorated \u2013 to the extent that they could just as well be classified by alien cultures as \u201cworks of art\u201d rather than \u201cobjects of utility\u201d.\nOne such textile that is integral to the household to the extent that the house might fall apart without it, and is also a sublime work of art and craft, is the tent band used by the various nomadic groups of Central Asia.\nThese textile bands are tied around yurt frames over the main fabric walls to provide structural stability.\n\nThese could well have been left as purely functional textiles \u2013 plain weavings with no decoration. But NO!\nThe users decided that these long bands needed to look beautiful \u2026 and so we, the rest of the world today are the beneficiaries of these cultural-textile artworks!\nThe decoration provided in the form of rug-like pile weavings is created in patterns that are signatures of the identity of the creators. Today, a hundred years later, these patterns offer collectors clues to the origin of the textile.\nA picture of an exhibition of tentbands held by Tehrani [Hamburg]\n\nAs I looked for soulful pieces it was impossible to avoid falling for one of these\n\nComplete Turkment Yolami Tent Band\n\nThis piece is not destined for museums nor will articles be written about it. It is just an ordinary tent band.\nBut it is an old textile that was integrated into the lives of people. It has probably witnessed their joys, their hardships, their anguish and perhaps the souls of those lives have become infused in it. AND the best part is that it is A \u201ccomplete\u201d superb condition pile+flat weaving that is full 14 meters long (not including the long fringes).\nAnd so for these reasons it will still be an honor to have this tent band decorate the walls of my home.\n\nMore pictures on wovensouls.com soon\nRead more about Yurts and Tent bands on\u00a0 Karakalpak.com\njm\nJune 2015\nThe post Woven into the Household \u2013 Literally. Central Asian Tent Bands appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.