Joval or Chuval – Oriental Rug Term

Yomud Chuval, West Turkestan, second half 19th century, three columns of four midnight blue, ivory, blue/green, and light red "chuval" guls

p4A ItemID E8878372
Tekke Chuval, West Turkestan, late 19th/early 20th century, the red field with three rows of four major guls

p4A ItemID E8878309
Ersari Chuval, West Turkestan, third quarter 19th century

p4A ItemID E8852336
Yomud Chuval, Central Asia, late 19th century

p4A ItemID F7984911

Joval – Definiation

A joval is a large Turkish storage bag, usually about three by six feet and was used to store clothing or bedding. One surface may be pile but may also be flatweave. The bag opens on the long side, and often only the pile face has remained usable. They are woven as pairs but used singly. Alternate spellings one might also see are chuval, juval, tschoval and other similar terms are toushak and doshak.

Information courtesy of The Oriental Rug Lexicon by Peter F. Stone.

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