This may be from the Altai Mountain region bordering Mongolia
55.5” high x 80” wide
Machine-embroidered chain stitch on cotton
Machine-quilted red cotton border
Very good condition except for stain on top floral border
Tus kiiz (Kazakh) and tush kiyiz (Kyrgyz) were often made by a grandmother for a newly married couple, or handed down from mother to daughter. They were deliberately left unfinished at the bottom to ensure that the marriage would continue to bring unbounded happiness. As part of the wedding ceremony, the bride sat in a curtained-off area in front of the tus kiiz. Later it was either hung over the newlyweds’ bed or in the place of honor (tor) – along the back wall of the yurt.
While tus kiis patterns from the Altai Mountain region that borders on Mongolia often have a distinct Mongolian/Chinese influence, this example is more evocative of Russian folk embroidery.
If you are interested in this tus kiiz and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.