Antique Turkmen Engsi, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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A magnificent Engsi (yurt door rug) made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan around 1830-1850.
The madder-red central panels depict a beautifully drawn 'asik' pattern - (small trees) - with the four divided panels symbolically depicting the 'four gardens of Paradise'. Particularly striking, are the 'elems' - the bottom elem in gorgeous indigo sky-blue and depicting stylised 'trees-of-life'.
This is a rare, important and highly collectable engsi.
Size: 1.63m x 1.24m (5' 4" x 4' 1").
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Kizyl Ayak Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

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Made circa 1900, this handsome Kizyl Ayak Turkmen carpet contains 4 vertical rows of Kizyl Ayak 'guls' (tribal crests) on a rich red ground. The carpet has been washed and is in very good overall condition.
Size: 3.05m x 1.83m (10' 0" x 6' 0")
| $3,928 USD | €3,343 EUR

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Kizyl Ayak Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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This handsome carpet was made by Kizyl Ayak Turkmen tribes during the second half of the nineteenth century. The carpet comprises three vertical rows of nine Kizyl Ayak 'guls' - tribal crests - on a beautiful deep terracotta field. The carpet is in very good overall condition.
Size: 2.74m x 1.52m (9' 0" x 5' 0").
| $3,662 USD | €3,116 EUR

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

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This incredibly handsome engsi (yurt-door rug) was made by Ersary Turkmen in the Middle Amu Darya region around 1870-1880. Particularly rare to find in these 19th century engsis, are the plain-weave skirts at top and bottom and an extremely attractive elem (lower knotted-pile panel) - quite possibly a stylised tree design. The colours are beautiful with a wonderful use of sky-blue throughout. The engsi was the door-hanging at the entrance to the Turkmen yurt and symbolically represented the gateway to Paradise with the elem representing the sky-door and the pre-Islamic cross creating the four symbolic gardens of Paradise.
This fabulous engsi is in very good overall condition and a very collectable rug.
Size: 2.04m x 1.52m (6' 8" x 5' 0").
| $3,662 USD | €3,116 EUR

Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Teke Tribes, Akhal ...

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A charming little Teke Turkmen wedding rug made circa 1880 and in very good condition bar a small number of minor repairs. The rug retains its original flat-woven 'elems' (skirts) with an additional band of knotted-pile within the plain-weave at each end - an attractive finish which I suspect tells us how important this little rug was to the young weaver who made it. Small, square rugs like this one were specifically made as part of the bride's dowry and were used at the wedding ceremony for the bride and groom to stand on and take their marriage vows.
Size: 1.27m x 1,02m (4' 2" x 3' 4").
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

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

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This is a very interesting Teke rug made with cochineal-dye wool, from the last quarter 19th century and originating from the Akhal Oasis in Turkmenistan.
The overall small 'gul' pattern in the central field is rare in rugs of the Teke nomads and more often found in their chuvals (bedding bags).
Note how the weaver started the border (base of rug) with the small 'gul' symbols but then changed her mind by knotting a different border pattern which then powerfully framed the field. The knotted 'elems' or skirts are beautifully drawn and although the overall condition of the pile is evenly low, it doesn't seem to detract from the rug when it's on the floor.
This a truly rare and fabulous example of early Teke work.
Size: 1.65m x 1.22m (5' 5" x 4' 0").
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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Wedding rugs were, as the name implies, made for the bride and groom to stand on at their wedding ceremony and take their marriage vows. These rugs were never intended for sale but kept in the 'bukcha' (dowry bag) for the rest of their married lives. This little rug was made by Teke tribes at the end of the 19th century - possibly around 1900 - and bar a few minor repairs, it is in very good condition.
Size: 1.07m x 1.07m (3' 6" x 3' 6").
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

Antique Kizyl Ayak Turkmen Carpet, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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The richness and warmth in the vegetable-dye terracotta is just amazing. The field ornaments or tribal gols are boldly presented in 3 vertical rows of 7 gols. This fabulous carpet was made by the Kizyl Ayak Turkmen in the Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan during the third quarter of the 19th century. Although it has had a few small repairs, it is in very good pile throughout.
Size: 3.05m x 2.44m (10' 0" x 8' 0").

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

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Beautiful shades of madder-red dominate this fabulous decorative Teke Turkmen carpet made at the end of the 19th century. In excellent condition.
Size: 2.84m x 2.09m (9' 4" x 6' 10").

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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This fabulous Yomut Turkmen carpet was made in the third quarter of the 19th century in the Middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan. The beautiful copper-red field contains superbly-drawn 'dyrnak' guls (tribal crests) which appear to disappear under the rare main border and out into infinity. Look at the 'elems' or skirts at each end of the carpet with their beautifully depicted trees. A superb example of the lost woven art of the Turkmen.
Size: 2.90m x 1.78m (9' 6" x 5' 10").

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

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Acquired from an old English country house where it had been in the family for many years, this lovely Teke Turkmen carpet has a soft colour palette of madder-red, making it a very easy colour to decorate a room with. The skirts 'elems' at each end are attractively different and overall, the carpet is in excellent condition albeit with a few small areas of restoration. The carpet, like all my stock, has been washed and floor-ready.
Size: 2.90m x 2.31m (9' 6" x 7' 7").

Antique Turkmen Engsi, Ersari Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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The Engsi was the door-rug hung on the inside of the Turkmen yurt door with a felt rug hanging on the outside. Therefore the rug was seen hanging as in the photo. So looking at it, you can see the central pre-Islamic cross design which symbolised protection thus breaking down evil into 4-parts. The 4-panels created by the cross also represented the 4 gardens of paradise - the engsi representing the gateway to paradise. On leaving the earthly world, the spirit enters paradise through the 'elem' or panel at the base of the rug and enters one of the 4-gardens where the spirit is secure from all harm.
This engsi was made by the Ersari Turkmen around 1870 and has a wonderful palette of vegetable colour. I particularly like, in the upper left-hand panel, the two small symbols forcing their way into the design with another seen in the top right corner of the right-hand panel. I suspect the weaver had a reason for doing this - something we will never know - lost in the passage of time!
Size: 1.80m x 1.43m (6' 0" x 4' 8").