Women often decorated pillow ends with kurak (patchwork), as this was the side that would be visible when the pillows were stacked and stored on top of trunks during the day.

Tajik woman with patchwork pillow
Photographer: Z.A. Shirokova
Garm, Bedak Village
Photo credit: Donish Institute of History, Archaeology, and Ethnography, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan