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

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BM/Kap

The Turkmen 'kap' was a small personal belongings bag and in this case, made by Yomut tribes in the Trans-Caspian Steppes circa 1850. It is rare to find a kap, but also a kap with its original tassels. This gorgeous little bag is complete and in excellent condition with no repairs, but minus its plain-weave back.
Size: 74cm wide x 69cm deep (2' 5" x 2' 3") including tassels.
£2,750
| $3,832 USD | €3,205 EUR

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

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BM/TC1

The quality of the silky pile, which is in near perfect condition all over, is the very best. The weave too, is exceptionally fine.
Chuvals were usually made in pairs with plain-weave backs, and were used for transporting bedding, clothing and utensils whilst the tribe were on the move. I feel quite certain that the damage in the top left and right corners, was caused by the cords which were attached to the sides of the chuval and took a huge amount of weight during these migratory periods. Made by Teke Turkmen around 1870-1880, this is a beautiful and very collectable example of the best of Teke weaving.
Size: 1.35m x 0.81m (4' 5" x 2' 8").
£1,850
| $2,578 USD | €2,156 EUR

Antique Turkmen Spindle-Bag, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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BM/LPN10

Turkmen spindle-bags were used, as the name implies, for containing wooden spindles.
This one is a good early example of the type, probably made around 1860-1870 by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes. The design in the central field represents the totemic tree, which the Shaman will climb to communicate with the great Gods in the sky. The wool is soft and the bag is complete with its original plain-weave, undyed wool back.
Size: 40cm x 20cm (1' 4" x 8").
£1,450
| $2,021 USD | €1,690 EUR

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

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LCBM19

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").
£1,200
| $1,672 USD | €1,398 EUR

Antique Turkmen Spindle-Bag, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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LCBM16

SUMMER SALE.
Spindle-bags as the name implies, were used to hold wooden spindles for spinning the wool.
This charming bag was made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes of Turkmenistan around 1890-1900. It is in excellent condition with plain-weave ivory back and original tassels decorating the sides and symbolising 'good luck'.
Size: 53cm x 23cm (1' 9" x 9").
£550
| $766 USD | €641 EUR

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

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BM/FS3

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").
SOLD

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

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BM/FS2

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").
SOLD

Turkmen Torba, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, Turkmenistan, ...

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B1

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").
SOLD

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

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BM1501

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").
SOLD

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

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BM/FS1

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").
SOLD

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

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BM/Teke

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").
SOLD

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

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BM1553

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").
SOLD