rare antique turkmen asmalyk yomutkaradashli tribe transcaspian steppes turkmenistan central asia

Rare Antique Turkmen Asmalyk, Yomut-Karadashli tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan, Central Asia.



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Fabulous colours and a superb early design with shades of ivory, red, blue and turquoise. The turquoise border is fantastic and tiny highlights of cochineal-dye silk appear in the lower-right part of the asmalyk - a very special piece.
A rare asmalyk like this was made by the Karadashli Turkmen during the early 19th century, generally in pairs, and they were used to decorate the flanks of the wedding camel during the wedding procession. Presented to the bride's future husband at the marriage ceremony, he would hang the asmalyks inside the yurt as symbols of power and fertility. This fabulous asmalyk is complete with original tassels and is in excellent full-pile condition.
Size: 1.25m x 0.71m (4' 1" x 2' 4").
Viewing by appointment only.
Internal Ref: BM/GT1

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