Rare Antique Teke Turkmen Asmalyk, Merv Oasis, ...

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A rare 'asmalyk' - a bridal wedding camel trapping - made by Teke tribes in the Merv Oasis of Turkmenistan during the mid 19th century. Asmalyks were made in pairs by the bride and hung on the flanks of the wedding camel during the bride's journey to her wedding ceremony. Symbolically, they represented power and fertility and when presented to the bridegroom as part of the bride's dowry, he would hang them inside the wedding yurt for the rest of their married days. Most asmalyks found on the world market today are from the Yomut Turkmen - those made by the Teke are rare. This stunning asmalyk, which is in excellent condition and complete with tassels, comprises vertical columns of trees known as 'gapyrga' in the Turkmen language.
Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 45, this is a highly collectible asmalyk.
Size: 60cm x 1.17m (2' 0" x 3' 10").
| $6,271 USD | €5,244 EUR

Antique Turkmen Torba, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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Six Teke Turkmen 'guls' (tribal-crests) dominate the beautiful, glowing madder-red ground of this torba (small personal belongings bag), made during the early-mid 19th century. The guls are nicely spaced throughout the field, interspersed with minor guls. Note the one gul lower-centre, highlighted in a light-blue whereas the other five are highlighted in deep indigo-blue. The torba is in excellent condition with no repairs - only some loss of the outer red side borders but secured with new selvedges as in the original colour.
A beautiful and highly collectable torba.
Size: 1.17m x 0.48m (3' 10" x 1' 7").
| $5,226 USD | €4,370 EUR

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

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This magnificent face of a large storage-bag (chuval) was made by Sariq Turkmen in the Yolatan Oasis, Turkmenistan, during the second half of the nineteenth century. The dark aubergine field contains six major Sariq guls surrounded by minor guls - the magenta-red within each of the guls highlighted in silk. This is a stunning and powerful large weaving and I would say it was probably made for an important member of the Sariq hierarchy because of the incredible fineness of knotting and the use of so much silk. Note the 'dancing ladies' in the upper and lower elems!
The overall condition is excellent bar one tiny moth-eaten area which is easily repairable. Very special!
Size: 1.67m x 1.07m (5' 6" x 3' 6").
| $2,230 USD | €1,865 EUR

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

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The Chuval in Turkmen vocabulary was the bedding bag for transporting personal belongings on the camels and pack animals. This Chuval has lost its flatwoven back but retains, in excellent condition, its beautiful finely knotted-pile face incorporating 9 Sariq Turkmen guls (crests). Made around 1900, the red field is probably derived from cochineal (insect dye). What a steal at 950!!!
Size: 1.49m x 0.81m (4' 11" x 2' 8").
| $1,185 USD | €991 EUR

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

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This Turkmen bedding bag-face was made by Sariq nomads during the middle 19th century.
The 'elem' (lower skirt) depicts what looks like dancing ladies - also seen in the upper panel - on a beautiful glowing madder-red ground. The Sariq 'guls' (tribal crests) can be seen in the central field, highlighted in cochineal-red.
Size: 1.32m x 0.90m (4' 4" x 3' 0").
| $1,185 USD | €991 EUR

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

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Chuvals were made in pairs with flat-woven backs and were large bedding-bags for tying to the flanks of the camel during long migrations. This chuval has lost its flat-woven back - and its mate - but nevertheless a nice example made by Yomut Turkmen around 1900.
Size: 1.22m x 0.79m (4' 0" x 2' 7").
| $1,045 USD | €874 EUR

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

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Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 61, this rare heptagonal asmalyk was made by Ersary tribes in the Middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan during the mid 19th century. The rare ivory ground with its depiction of totemic symbols, nicely drawn and interspersed with amulets for protection.
Asmalyks were made in pairs by the young bride, hung on the flanks of the wedding camel during her journey to her wedding ceremony, presented to her future husband who would hang them up in the wedding yurt as symbols of power and fertility.
This asmalyk is in excellent condition.
Size: 74cm x 1.52m (2' 5" x 5' 0").

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 1880. 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 Germech, Ersary Tribe, Middle Amu ...

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The 'germech' was the base panel under the engsi (door-rug) and which was designed to keep-out vermin. This germech, made by Ersary Turkmen in the Middle Amu Darya Region of Turkmenistan circa 1860-1870, has a superb madder-red field comprising diamond-shaped 'guls' or tribal crests throughout. The main border is powerful and at the base, a plain-weave panel completes this rare and fabulous trapping. In excellent and complete condition.
Size: 36 x 96cm (1' 2" x 3' 2").

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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Damaged but beautiful!
This early nineteenth century face of what was once a complete storage-bag (chuval), was made by Teke tribes when they produced these fantastic madder-reds pre 1850. This was also the time the great Salor Turkmen produced their magnificent glowing reds.
In this magnificent piece, we see six Salor guls depicted on a beautiful red field - these guls highlighted with magenta silk in the centre - now partially corroded. The 'elem' or skirt is intricately patterned with small stylised trees which can also be seen in the top panel.
With some loss to each side and damage to the upper panel, this chuval still retains its incredible beauty - something to hang on the wall and admire. I think it speaks for itself!
Size: 1.25 x 0.85m (4' 1" x 2' 9").

Antique Turkmen Germech, Ersary Tribe, Middle Amu ...

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The 'germech' was designed to be placed under the yurt door-rug (engsi) in order to keep out vermin and any other unwanted small visitors! This beautiful germech, made by Ersary Turkmen around 1870-1880, has lovely shades of madder-red, indigo-blue, turquoise and highlights of golden-yellow. The germech, which is a relatively rare item, is in mint condition, over-bound on the sides and top with goat-hair and retains its complete plain-weave elem.
Size: 28cm x 1.08m (1' 0" x 3' 6").

Pair of Antique Tekke Turkmen Torbas, Turkmenistan, ...

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It is unusual to find a pair of Torbas (personal belongings bags) as they are often found split up these days. However, they were made as pairs, to be hung on eack flank of the camel during long migrations and to carry small personal possessions.
This pair were made by Tekke Turkmen tribes in Turkmenistan around the last quarter of the 19th century and came out of an old English country house where they had been hung for many decades. They are both in very good condition - complete with original flatwoven backs and long tassels - albeit a little ragged! Nevertheless, a pair of very attractive bags which would make most attractive wall hangings.
Size of each:- 1.02m x 0.66m incl. tassels
(3' 4" x 2' 2" incl. tassels).