Antique Uzbek Bokara Carpet, Origin: Central Asia, Circa: 1900 – Few carpets offer the authentic rustic charm exhibited in this piece. Its palette is dominated by rich russet and stark red, while its form invokes Uzbek symbolism and countryside lore. The secondary borders reflect the eternal appreciation of water in harsh and arid settings with depictions of undulating waves on sandy beige grounds. Between these flowing streams, the primary border holds a carefully arranged sequence of crenellated diamonds and triangles as protective talismans set against varied cool blue tones. The earthy central field is precisely divided into a rectangular grid of sixteen irregular octagons; each in turn quartered into segments alternating between red, blue and beige. Finally, each set of quadrants displays stylized rams, arrows and symbolic fauna reminiscent of the herdsman’s calling. This is folk art as high art as only the Turkic artisan’s loom can create it.