Making a felt rug

Painting of two women making a felt rug: one is knelling, dressed in red-brown clothing, laying out the pattern. This is of three swirling sun motifs inside circles with trefoils around; the inner border is of hooks (running dog motif); the outer border is of black, blue and white. The other woman is seated, dressed in a white turban and black cap, a blue-white long sleeved shirt and skirt, and a black waistcoat. She is preparing lengths of felt in browns, yellow, blue, white and green for the first woman to lay out. The felt lies on a yellow reed screen or mat. In the left foreground is a long-necked green ewer and a yellowand green bowl with thick walls. In the background is a multicoloured rug and a painted wooden chest covered with a pile of bedding, of red-pink and brown fabrics. Impressionistic in style. Painted on canvas with oil paints; framed in a plain, black wooden strip, mitred at each corner. Inscription in Cyrillic in the lower left corner: 1999. Серкеев Б. , and a white label on the lower right corner: Серкеев Б. ‘Мастерицы Комин ‘Masters of Felt Making’ 15000. On the back is another inscription Х у д . Серкеев Базарбаи “Мастерицы Комин”, 2- иынь 1999 r. Х- М. R. Nukus. The back of the frame and a central stretcher are in white wood with triangular hardboard corners and white canvas edging nailed in place. The stretcher has a white tag stuck on with the number ‘10’.

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