The Mafrash Section of the Guide to the Yomut
There are two types of Mafrash. The Turkmen weave a flat envelope bag while the tribes in Azerbaijan weave “box” bags. The Turkmen mafrash tends to be very similar to a juval but smaller. The Turkmen mafrash are generally about 2 to 2.5 foot by 1 to 1.5 foot long.
A Yomud Turkmen Small Tent-Bag (Mafrash), Turkmenistan
19th Century. Approximately 1 ft. 3 in. by 2 ft. 7 in. (0.38 m. by 0. 79 m.)
Yomud Mafrash Extra Fine c1890s
Beautiful super finely knotted Yomud Rug bag. It is circa 1870s-90s. It measures 2ft 31/2in by 1ft 3 in or 70cm by 38cm. It is 100% wool both foundation and woven. It is in just exceptional condition except some of the fringe is coming off but the rug is just excellent! It has a chocolate brown background with blue-green, blue and orangey-brown tones. The back of the back is also hand woven durable canvas material.
Antique Yomud Turkoman Mafrash
Urkoman Mafrash, Yomud group, Central Asia, 19th century, 2’1” x 1’1”
The field design seen here in this Yomud Turkoman mafrash (small shallow bag) is very different, a rare form of a nine “gol” format.
A Yomud Mafrash
Origin: Central Asia, West Turkestan, ca. 1850
Size: approx. 40 x 67 cm
Pile low, damaged corners.