Collection of embroidered textiles by Unknown Artist

A collection of 50 embroidered works from the urban and rural Lakai Uzbek textile traditions in Afghanistan.


Mostly silk on wool flannel or cotton
Art Fund grant:
£26,000 ( Total: £34,000)
Acquired in:
Pip Rau

Includes 29 square panels, 11 shield-shaped panels, 4 bed pile covers, a lattice-work square panel, a marriage canopy, a horse blanket, a horse head cover, a tent band, a bag (botcha).


Collection built up in Afghanistan (largely Kabul) and Pakistan (Peshawar) by the vendor from the 1970s onwards.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181

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