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").
| $1,997 USD | €1,700 EUR

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Sariq Tribe, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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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").
| $1,132 USD | €963 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").
| $999 USD | €850 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").
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique Turkmen Igsalyk (spindle-bag), Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian ...

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The 'igsalyk' or spindle-bag was, as the name implies, used for containing spindles. This igsalyk was made by Yomut Turkmen around 1880 and is in complete condition with original plain-weave back. A most decorative wall-hanging!
Size: 27cm x 1.00m including tassels (10.5" x 3' 3" including tassels).
| $865 USD | €736 EUR

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").

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).

Pair of Turkmen Camel Knee-Decorations, Yomud Tribes, ...

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The wedding camel was well decorated with a pair of pentagonal Asmalyks on each flank, various dowry trappings displayed and a pair of knee decorations such as those illustrated. It is rare these days to find a pair and these are complete with original tassels and braided cords.
Size: 36cm x 41cm (1' 2" x 1' 4") incl. tassels each.

Antique Turkmen Kapanuk, Ersari Tribes, Middle Amu ...

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The Kapanuk hung at the door entrance of the Turkmen yurt under which hung the Engsi (door rug). It was therefore a decorative door surround and whether or not it was used on the outside or inside of the yurt entrance is debateable. However, an old photograph has recently emerged from the Russian museums showing a possible Sariq Turkmen yurt with the engsi hanging on the outside!
This kapanuk was made by Ersari tribes during the last quarter of the 19th century and is in mint condition with dood, glossy natural-dye wool and original braided tassels.
It is illustrated in my 3rd edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 60. A superb buy!
Size: 1.27m (4' 2") wide x 1.52m (5' 0") from top to base of tassels.
The top panel is 33cm (13") deep.

Antique Tekke Turkmen Chuval Face, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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This fabulous Tekke Turkmen Chuval face, made in the early 1800s, belongs to a rare group of Tekke Turkmen chuvals incorporating the 6 so-called 'Salor' gols in the central field. What is more interesting about this chuval is the drawing of the minor gol - I haven't as yet come across this rendition in other examples? Although a little worn and damaged on the left side, this stunning piece retains its beautiful madder-red field colour and indigo-blues outlining the 'Salor' gols. A very collectable piece.
Size: 1.24m x 0.81m (4' 1" x 2' 8").

Antique Uk Bash (tent-pole bag), Yomut Turkmen ...

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Uk Bash were specifically made for containing the pointed ends of the tent-poles during long migrations. The poles were tied horizontally to the sides of the camels with the pointed ends facing backwards; the uk bash placed over the pointed ends and the tassels swinging to warn animals coming behind not to get too close.
Uk Bash were made in pairs in knotted-pile and flat-weave - this example, only one of a pair, made in knotted-pile.
Size: 28cm x 1.22m (11" x 4' 0") including tassels.

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

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This fabulous Asmalyk was made by Yomut Turkmen around 1890-1900 and are in mint condition.
The Asmalyk - a pentagonal-shaped trapping - symbolised power and fertility and they were hung on the bridal camel as the bride rode to her wedding ceremony. They were then presented to her future husband as part of her dowry and he would then hang them inside the wedding yurt for the rest of their married life together. As a symbol of fertility, the hope was for many children - boys to protect the family unit and girls to look after the men and weave lots of beautiful carpets!!!
Size: 1.10m x 0.92 (3' 7" x 3' 0") including tassels.