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Dear friends,
We are always happy to answer your questions concerning the items displayed in our online store, as well as to assist you in any questions about the items you may have.


Can you tell me about this storage bag? I have not seen one with glass beads and tassels attached to it before. Thank you.



Dear Barbara,

It is made by Baluch Tribe. India and Pakistan have the tradition to use broken / chopped small mirror pieces ( Shisha) in their weavings. Baluch is a great and large tribe scattered around mostly in Iran and Afghanistan and some in Pakistan and India. Also, it is not a Storage bag. It is a pillow cover and has its plane woven backing. They stuff them and use for leaning – sitting on them. Such colorful ones with Shisha and glass beads are made for dowry. The photo is not close enough – I think, it is woven in 1920 – 1940’s.

Best Regards, Vedat Karadag

Turkish Folk Art


Good day,
I have this decorative skull cap. Can you give any information on this?

Thank you, Jeff Gilligan


Dear Jeff,

This is a new hat and IT looks like from China or Xinjiang – Uygur Turkic Region. The image is not clear, the decoration material looks new too. It should not have much value on the market.

Best, Turkish Folk Art.


Dear Vedat,
Hope you remember the Austrians who visited you in November. Thanks again for your teachings. Enclosed I send pictures of an antique textile which Wuzi purchased in Istanbul. You offered to help him to find out where it comes from. He bought it a textile from Macedonia. Wuzi would be glad if you can help him? He doesn’t use a smartphone therefore I do.

Kind regards, Hannes


Dear Hannes,

It is good to hear from YOU. Here is one of my BOOKS that gives the identical pieces as a reference for Wuzi’s textile. Here it says Attica – Greece.

Say hello to everyone in the group.

All my best, Vedat

Turkish Folk Art


Hi Turkish Folk Art,
Would you be able to tell me if these old beads are Turkic ?

Thank you, Hadrien Coumans


Dear Hadrien,

Sorry for a late reply. I thought they were more on Turkmen side. I check with one friend he is an ethnic jeweler – he said it is Uzbek – and his father said they are from INDIA and his other brother also said they are Indian.

So, I think, I will continue to search more and find a firm answer for you in near future. I have some of them too and I bought them form Turkmen pickers.

My best, Vedat KARADAG

Turkish Folk Art

Dear Vedat,
Thank you very much, that is very kind of you. I acquired them from a dealer who had been told that they were Kazakh, but I don’t believe so. I first thought they were Turkmen, but they do look Indian.

I’m grateful for your help and any additional information you may find.

Hadrien Coumans


Hi, Turkish Folk Art,
I have this Turkish figurine and I wonder if you can tell me if it is
rare ?

Many thanks, Cerys


Hi Cerys,

No, this figurine is not rare and made 20-30 years ago. Such ones are still selling in the Market here.
They probably worth 40 to 150 $ depending on size and the name of artist (can be written at the bottom).

Best, Vedat KARADAG

Turkish Folk Art


Dear Turkish Folk Art,
May I be so free to ask you one more thing? For years now I am trying to find out how these kind of tassels are made. Especially the fringe. I can see that they are twisted and turned and fall into place quit neatly next to each other. I once tried it myself but that did not work out very well. I was wondering if there is maybe a simple tool being used.

I tried to find information all over the internet, but no result. I was hoping, since you travel a lot in Central Asia and meet the people who make this beautiful items that maybe you have the answer to my question. I found an enormous amount of information about all kinds of needlework, embroidery and rugs on your website. Very impressive and I am very thankful for that. Now I hope you also know how these lovely tassels and especially fringes are made.

Thanks in advance for the effort taken,

With warm regards, Nathalie


Dear Natalie,

Simple tassels are made after spun / twisted silk yarns are taken in needed length and folded into two and tied and sewn from a certain part of the upper part. This is the simple way of making them. If you put a single or more beads to the center before folding each yarn, you will have beads hanging in bottom of the each tassel. The upper part can be embroidered in some as you can see in yours or sewn with another colorful or same color yarn to hold it tight.

There are many ways of doing them in size and type and function. It is very complicated and time consuming process. Honestly I saw them when they were making them in my early years and I did not realize how important and difficult making them. Later years – they are rapidly gone because of vanishing a nomadic life.. I think, they can still be found in remote areas in Central Asia and Persia or Afghanistan but I haven’t had the chance to search for it or seen it in later years. I don’t travel as much as I used to.. I will keep in mind and try to see if there is a woman I can find who is still making it, I will kindly ask her to do it so that I can film it.

All my best, Vedat KARADAG

Turkish Folk Art

Dear Vedat,
Thank you very much for your comprehensive response! I tried to make these kind of tassels myself because I love them so much but it did not work out very well. Maybe because lack of experience but maybe because they are made with a simple tool to make the fringes even in length. Or a simple tool (a spindle) to make the threads turn and twist.

I do hope that you will meet someone on your journeys to Central Asia who still makes these beautiful tassels, otherwise this art will be forgotten 🙁

Thanks again for helping me, much appreciated!

I will return to your website soon, it is so exquisite

With kind regards, Nathalie


Dear Turkish Folk Art,
Again, sorry to impose, however, I have what I think is a tent band, however, even looking through your very through and informative website, leaves me with no idea from where it could have originated, nor the decade.

I am sure that it is made out of cotton. The length is 88 inches. I appreciate any help you can offer and understand if not. Thank you,

Cayta Jordan – Georgia, US


Dear Cayta Jordan,

No, we do not mind sharing and telling what we know with other textile lovers. Yes, it looks like a card woven band and it is probably from 1970-80′ s or even later. It looks like it is made for tying packs and loads on animals and humans and they are called – pack animal bands. We think, yours is from the Black sea region, they also weave them in the Taurus Mountain regions in the south part of Turkey. They call them kolon in Turkish.

Here is some info about their construction – http://www.shelaghlewins.com/tablet_weaving/TW01/TW01.htm

Our best, Turkish Folk Art

Dear Turkish Folk Art,
The photos of it being woven are wonderful! I’m very interested in learning about to weave and I have never seen the tablet method before. There are even instructions! I am so thrilled!

That is so kind of you to include those in addition to all the information about this band.

I wish you continued success in your business and thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

Cayta Jordan

Georgia, US

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