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A chuval is a large storage bag for the transportation of clothes and household things. Just the front panel of the chuval is usually seen in the west, as the bag face was easier to display, and many carpet dealers in the past removed the backs.
Animals, vegetation and irrigated fields were elements from everyday life that inspired the Turkmen carpet weavers. The general designs are of an emphatic national character, and have been preserved for centuries. The patterns are predominantly geometric, and the colours are usually red to red-brown with ivory black and blue. The octagonal motifs in the central field, known as guls, may differ from one carpet to the next as each tribe has its own unique gul. Carpets are symbols of the Turkmen culture, and the national flag of Turkmenistan depicts five major tribal guls.