The Yurt


Many Central Asian nomadic groups traditionally lived in round, portable tents—which we know as yurts (yurt comes from the Mongol word, ger). Dominating the interior of a Kyrgyz yurt (boz üy) was the tush ki’iz, a large-scale patchwork panel that hung on the back wall opposite the door. The tush ki’iz created a striking backdrop for the bedding and pillows that were stored in colorful piles on top of decorative trunks. It also served to designate status for those who sat under it.

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