Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Merv Oasis, ...

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BM2019

This beautiful, small-size Turkmen rug was made by a Teke woman, possibly as a dowry rug, during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The beautiful madder brick-red ground colour is magnificent - a colour I am always searching to find in these special pieces - but such pieces are rare. This rug contains three vertical rows of six Teke 'guls' or tribal crests and is in excellent condition. A truly fabulous rug.
Size: 1.60m x 1.15m (5' 3" x 3' 9").
£4,500

Antique Turkmen Main Carpet, Teke Tribes, Akhal ...

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BM2031

In its heyday, this was the most magnificent Teke Turkmen main carpet but very sadly, it has now seen rather better days! Nevertheless, it is a hugely important and collectable carpet. Why? Because it contains the very rare 'Salor' minor gul.
Made circa 1800-1850, and apart from the wear and restoration, the carpet is astonishingly complete. It retains its striped knotted-pile 'elems' or skirts at both ends and the selvedges are also original.
The madder-red ground is phenomenal and like its near-neighbour, the Salor Turkmen, this glowing red ground gives us an idea of the early age here.
In perfect condition, this carpet would easily sell in the five figure bracket but because of its condition, I have priced it very fairly and affordable,for the person who wants an early example of a rare type.
Size: 3.20m x 1.83m (10' 6" x 7' 0").
£1,800

Antique Turkmen Main Carpet, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM/FL

A magnificent main yurt carpet made by Teke Turkmen tribes during the third quarter 19th century. The glowing madder-red is just to die for (excuse the pun) and the carpet is in excellent overall condition with stunning elems (skirts). The weave is as fine as they get as can be seen in the close-up photo and all I can add is that the weaver was obviously at the very height of her weaving ability.
Size: 2.81 x 2.24m (9' 3" x 7' 4").
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Antique Turkmen Main Carpet, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM1532

The very best madder-red can be found on the early rugs, carpets and trappings of the Teke and Salor Turkmen tribes.
Here we see in this fabulous yurt main carpet made by Teke tribes during the mid 19th century, this fantastic use of glowing madder-red on which are depicted the tribal crests or 'guls' of the Teke tribe. You can't get much better than this!
Highly collectible and amongst the very best of type.
3.23 x 1.90m (10' 7' x 6' 3").
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Rare Antique Turkmen Engsi, Ersary Tribes, Middle ...

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BM1980

What a stunner!
A rare Turkmen Engsi - yurt door hanging - made by Ersary nomads in the middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan in the early to mid 19th century. The lower elem is stunning in its simplicity as is the central 4 -gardens of Paradise with their depiction of stylised double birds-heads - symbolically representing the guardians of the gates of Paradise.
Illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' and on the front cover of Uwe Jourdan's 'Turkmen Carpets' this is a highly collectable rug.
Size: 1.60m x 1.35m (5' 3" x 4' 5").
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Antique Turkmen Main Carpet, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM2001

Teke Turkmen carpets pre-1900 are among my favourite tribal carpets. These large carpets were specifically made for use in the tent and the most common size is 3m x 2m.
The glowing madder-red ground in this main tent carpet is just magnificent with its four vertical rows of ten Teke 'guls' or tribal crests. In fantastic pile condition all over, this beautiful carpet would have been made circa 1870-1880, probably in the Akhal Oasis of Turkmenistan.
The carpet is complete with its fantastic 'elems' or skirts.
Size: 3.00 x 2.13m (10' x 7').
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Antique Tekke Turkmen Carpet, Turkmenistan, Central Asia. ...

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BM736

Beautiful colours fill the field of this fabulous Turkmen carpet, made by Tekke tribes circa 1870.
Size: 2.95m x 1.93m (9' 8" x 6' 4").
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Antique Turkmen Engsi, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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BM1684

This magnificent engsi (yurt door rug) was made by Yomut Turkmen in the trans-Caspian Steppes of Turkmenistan circa 1860-1870. To find engsis of this age and in such amazing condition is pretty rare these days. The vegetable-dye wool is lustrous, soft and glossy and the 'elem' or lower skirt is superbly drawn.
Engsis were made specifically for hanging at the door of the yurt and symbolised the gateway to Paradise.
This is certainly one of the very best made by the Yomut tribe.
Size: 1.67m x 1.35m (5' 6" x 4' 5").
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Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

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BM/MI2

This beautiful Teke Turkmen rug is as good as they get! Finely knotted with a glossy, glowing, madder-red ground - the best colour found in these 19th century Tekes. This fabulous rug dates to circa 1870 and is in near perfect condition, albeit with a small expertly-done re-weave at one corner. Otherwise in great condition. The field depicts three vertical rows of eight Teke 'guls' (tribal crests) and both skirts contain the symbolic entry to the spiritual world.
Size: 1.80m x 1.12m (5' 11" x 3' 8").
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Antique Turkmen Carpet, Ersary Tribes. Middle Amu ...

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BM1836

The terracotta colours in this Ersari Turkmen carpet are just stunning. The field contains three vertical rows of seven Ersari 'guls' or tribal crests, spacious and beautifully drawn.
Made by Ersari Turkmen in the region of the middle Amu Darya around 1870-1880, the carpet is in excellent overall condition and would complement any room.
Size: 3.32m x 2.54m (10' 11" x 8' 4").
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Antique Turkmen Engsi, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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BM/MI1

Engsis were made as door-hangings and hung at the entrance to the Turkmen yurt. This magnificent engsi is complete with stunning 'elems' or skirts at the bottom depicting 'trees-of-life'. The central cross divides the field into the symbolic four gardens of Paradise. Turkmen belief is that the elems symbolised the gateway to Paradise or often referred to as the 'sky door'.
This engsi was made by the Yomut Turkmen no later than 1850 and is an important and very collectible example from this tribe.
Size: 1.62m x 1.40m (5' 4" x 4' 7").
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Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Ersary Tribes, Middle ...

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BM/MI

One particular weaving, which was symbolically important to the Turkmen, and featured here, was the Turkmen Wedding Rug.
In 1970 when working among the Yomut Turkmen, Mugul Andrews was aware of a young girl working at a loom by herself. She asked the young girl, who was a member of that household, what her little rug was to be used for. She didn't answer! She asked again but received no reply from the girl. When Mugul insisted, the young girlk put her finger to her lips as a sign to keep quiet. At breakfast the next day, the young girl volunteered that the rug she was weaving was to be used at her wedding. She explained that it was a highly-prized rug where she will sit on it as though it were her throne and take her marriage vows. After the wedding, she and her husband will sit on it together alone and drink the sherbet brought to them and break bread together. They will make each other a promise to be faithful. A few days later, the young girl will take the rug under her arm and go to her mother-in-law when she will kiss her hand. On returning to the marriage yurt, the rug will not be used agaiun except for guests to sit on.

She added that for such an important rug, she shouldn't talk while weaving it as the smallest piece of gossip, a lie or bad talk could ruin its cleanliness. As a symbol of her wedding, it had to be knotted under very special conditions.

The wedding rug illustrated here was made by Ersary Turkmen in the Middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan circa 1860-1870. It has the most beautiful glossy madder-red ground depicting two vertical rows of five Ersary 'guls' (tribal crests) in full pile. The checkerboard flatweave skirts remain at both ends and the rug has no repairs whatsoever. A truly magnificent and rare example of an Ersary tribal wedding rug.
Size: 1.42m x 1.07m (4' 8" x 3' 6").
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