The Saddle Bag or "Yastik" was used as a means of transporting baggage & possessions. It was also important for a girl to weave a variety of bags for her dowry, so as a result they are often extremely well woven & finely detailed.
Today, old tribal bags are becoming hard to find, but are keenly sought after as Collectors items.
This is an antique double-faced Balouch Saddle Bag from Afghanistan. An unusual piece that is intricately woven with incredible craftsmanship and is in excellent original condition. Would make a beautiful decorative piece or can be stuffed to create a floor cushion.
YUVA is a specialist importer of kilims, and other vintage rugs, runners, saddle-bags, cushions and bags. With a love of traditional artistry and an eye for quality, we have found our passion in sourcing beautiful Turkish goods, all hand woven with a rich history.
Our goal is simply to introduce New Zealand to the timeless allure of Turkish rugs and make these beautiful products accessible to everyone. We work closely with collectors, interior designers and first time buyers seeking to add a touch of elegance to their living space. We provide expert advice, ensuring that every customer finds the perfect rug that speaks to their unique style.
Our team travels to Turkey annually to discover new trends, purchase new items and support the local communities that bring these artworks to life. Each piece is personally selected, no two are ever the same. Great attention is given to quality, design, colour harmony and of course, value for money.
YUVA (formally Mary Kelly Kilims) was originally established in 1995 by Mary Kelly. Mary's daughter in law, Harriet Kelly joined the business in 2019 and has since transformed YUVA into what it is today. Harriet now runs YUVA, carrying on Mary's adoration and deep knowledge of Turkish homewares.
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