Kurama Tushtuk

May, 2015

Kurama Tushtuk

Maker unknown

Circa 1925-1950 
Made in Kyrgyzstan

In Kyrgyzstan a kurama tushtuk is a wall hanging that is frequently the focal point inside of a yurt, the traditional tent dwelling of Central Asian nomadic peoples.

Western quiltmakers might recognize two Log Cabin variation blocks in this piece: Pineapple and Courthouse steps. They may also recognize the proliferation of repeating triangles, often called Flying Geese.

A similar piece from our collection will be displayed in “Getting to Know You,” the inaugural exhibition in Quilt House’s newly expanded gallery