Antique Turkmen Chuval, Sariq Tribe, Yolatan Oasis, ...

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Absolutely stunning and one of the finest knotted chuvals of the Sariq Turkmen who inhabited the Yolatan Oasis during and prior to the nineteenth century. This beautiful 'chuval' (storage-bag), contains nine Sariq 'guls' or tribal crests on a glowing madder-red ground and with the extra panels, top and bottom, of dancing ladies! The last photo shows just how amazingly fine the knots are and this is certainly one of the very best Sariq chuvals I have had the great pleasure to own for many years and now time to be passed on to an equally deserving collector or lover of great Turkmen pieces! Like all nineteenth century and earlier rugs and weavings, photos can never give them full justice. When they are handled and caressed, these weavings show 'their true colours'! Made circa 1870-1880 and in great complete condition, this chuval is beautiful and very collectible.
Size: 1.40m x 0.95m (4' 7" x 3' 1").

Antique Turkmen Torba, Chowdur Tribe, Mangyshlak & ...

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A rare and beautiful torba (small storage bag) made by Chowdur tribes in the Mangyshlak, Buzachi and Volga regions of Turkmenistan circa 1870-1880. The Chowdur are a very old tribe and few of their antique weavings are found these days. The most conspicuous feature is the purple-brown ground colour and the use of the asymmetrical knot.
This torba has a rare field design and is in excellent condition, complete with plain-weave back and tassels.
Torbas were made for carrying small personal items and were tied to the flanks of the camels during migrations.
Size: 71cm x 36cm (2' 4" x 1' 2") excluding tassels.

Antique Turkmen Asmalyk, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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Asmalyks were made in pairs as part of the bride's dowry and hung on the flanks of the wedding camel during the wedding procession. Once presented to the bridegroom as part of her dowry, he would hang them up in their wedding yurt for the rest of their married lives. Symbolically, they represented power and fertility.
This beautiful Asmalyk was made during the mid 19th century with a field design of 'ashiks' not seen after 1880. The natural colours are superb and incorporate a magnificent early turquoise colour. It is complete with hanging cords and bar one tiny repair in the upper right cord, it is in excellent condition.
Size: 69cm wide x 47cm high (2' 3" wide x 1' 6" high).

Antique Turkmen Wedding-Camel Trapping, Ersary Tribes, Middle ...

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This magnificent wedding trapping has the most luxurious wool - soft and silky - the very best Turkmen quality. Made as a wedding-camel decoration and not as a storage bag, this trapping would have been part of the bride's dowry and never intended for sale. In excellent pile all over, the trapping did have a small area of damage which has been well restored. The overall design is ikat-inspired - typical of the work of the Ersary nomads in the Beshir region.
Size: 1.50m x 0.31m (4' 11" x 1' 0").

Antique Chuval, Yomut Turkmen Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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Magnificent! Fabulous rich madder-red with four vertical rows of four 'kilim guls' - more often found on the flatweave chuvals. This is therefore a rarer type than the flatweave chuvals and made by Yomut Turkmen around 1870-1880.
Chuvals or storage-bags were usually made in pairs and carried clothing and other personal belongings on the flanks of the camels during migrations. This chuval lost its flatwoven back a long time ago as well as the outer 'birds-heads' border on the sides only, where new selvedges have been added. Otherwise it is in excellent pile throughout.
This beautiful piece needs to be seen to appreciate the wonderful colour of madder-red which photos often don't do any justice to!
Size: 1.07m x 0.79m (3' 6" x 2' 7").

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Ersary Tribes, Middle Amu ...

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This large chuval - storage bag - was made by Ersary Turkmen tribes in the middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan during the third quarter of the nineteenth century.
Although its flat-woven back was removed at some point in the past, the face of this chuval is in very good complete condition. Originally made in pairs for transporting clothing and other personal belongings, this sadly, is the only one remaining, with no doubt, the other pair to this somewhere out there in the wide world!
The beautiful madder-red ground contains three vertical rows of five Ersary 'guls' (tribal crests) and particularly attractive is the main border with its compartmentalised pattern containing '8-pointed stars' - protective symbols. Note also the interesting change of colour in the 'elem' or skirt, undoubtedly done on purpose by the weaver to highlight the symbolic earthly world.
Size: 0.95m x 1.45m (3' 1" x 4' 9").

Antique Pair of Turkmen Dizlyks, Yomut Tribes, ...

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Dizlyks were made by the young Turkmen bride to decorate her wedding camel when her 'big day' arrived!
Each dizlyk was tied around the knobbly knees of the wedding camel during the bridal procession and then stored away in a 'bokcha' (wedding chest) until her daughter was ready for marriage.
Made during the second half of the nineteenth century by Yomut tribes in the trans-Caspian Steppes, these beautiful and rare pair of dizlyks are in excellent condition with a beautiful use of green, albeit having lost their hanging cords.
Today, such dizlyks can look very decorative hung on the wall asnd certainly make a very good talking point with friends.
Size: 22cm x 40cm (9" x 1' 4") including tassels.

Antique Turkmen Torba, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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This beautiful torba (small storage bag) was made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes circa 1900. It has a rare field design of small symbolic guls (tribal crests) with superb shades of madder-red, natural ivory and indigo sky-blue. The torba is in immaculate condition with plain-weave back, the remains of the hanging cords and tassels at the base.
Size: 76cm x 41cm (2' 6" x 1' 4").

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

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The stunning cochineal-red field of this Teke Turkmen storage-bagface -'chuval' is decorated with nine Teke 'guls' (tribal crests). The wool is like silk-velvet, finely knotted indicating a highly-prized utilitarian item within this Teke family. Made during the third quarter of the 19th century, this bagface has lost a little of its side borders and although it is in excellent pile all over, there is a tear at the top of the middle top gul which has been sewn together. The original flat-woven back is missing - possibly removed in the past by Turkmen dealers who thought the pice more saleable as a 'rug' rather than a large storage-bag!
Was 1500 now 1350.
Size: 1.34m x 0.80m (4' 5" x 2' 8").

Antique Turkmen Saddle-Cover, Goklen Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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The shape of a saddle with a slit for the pommel, this lovely saddle-cover was made by the Goklen Turkmen at the end of the nineteenth century. In excellent condition and just washed, there is a beautiful use of light blue, surfacing as highlights throughout the dominant madder-red field.
Size: 56cm x 56cm ( 1' 10" x 1' 10").

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

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The madder-red field in this exceptionally fine Teke chuval (bedding-bag), can be compared to the most desirable reds in the weavings of the highly collectable Salor Turkmen. The chuval has highlights of cochineal-dye silk and was a very special piece when it was made. Although the original selvedges are missing and the flat-woven back has long gone, the chuval still exudes power and intense beauty - a sign of the very highest quality work of the Teke weavers during the middle of the 19th century in the Akhal Oasis.
Was 1450 now 1200.
Size: 1.18m x 0.66m (3' 10" x 2' 2").

Antique Turkmen Tent Trapping, Ersari Tribes, Middle ...

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This attractive tent or camel trapping was made by Ersari Turkmen during the last quarter of the 19th century in the middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan.
It is in very good condition apart from two 'bites' in the top corners where I suspect the braided hanging cords were pulled off or cut off at some point in the distant past!
Size: 1.50m x 0.30m (4' 11" x 1' 0").