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

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Nineteenth century Teke Turkmen rugs don't get much better that this!
The soft, lustrous natural-dye wool and the soft rose-red ground, complete with knotted-pile elems, rank this rug amongst the very best of type. The central field contains three vertical rows of nine Teke guls in each and, bar a few minor areas of expert restoration, the rug is in excellent overall condition.
Size: 1.75m x 1.22m (5' 9" x 4' 0").
| $5,923 USD | €4,953 EUR

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

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The 'engsi' was the door hanging on the inside of the Turkmen yurt and was an extremely symbolic rug, representing the gateway to Paradise. The pointed pentagonal symbol at the top was not a prayer-niche as often wrongly mistaken for, but like the Turkmen asmalyk, was a symbol representing power and fertility. The central cross divided the field into the four symbolic gardens of Paradise where the cross was a pre-Islamic symbol for breaking down evil.
This superb engsi was made by Teke Turkmen circa 1860 and what is stunning here, is the fabulous, glowing red colour, derived from the madder-root. It is in very good overall condition with nice soft wool. A truly great example.
Size: 1.63m x 1.28m (5' 4" x 4' 2").
| $4,599 USD | €3,846 EUR

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

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A handsome main carpet of the Kizyl Ayak Turkmen, made circa 1870 in Turkmenistan.
It has a glowing red field consisting of 3 vertical rows of 9 Kizyl Ayak 'guls' - tribal crests - and a very striking, typical Kizyl Ayak main border.
In generally good overall pile condition, the carpet has a few areas of old re-weaves and is priced accordingly.
Size: 2.34m x 1.46m (7' 8" x 4' 9").
| $2,439 USD | €2,039 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").
| $1,742 USD | €1,457 EUR

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

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This charming little rug contains three powerful Kizyl Ayak Turkmen guls on a madder-red ground. Made around 1900, the rug is in excellent condition with attractive elems either end.
Size: 1.22m x 0.91m (4' x 3').
| $1,045 USD | €874 EUR

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

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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").

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

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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").

Antique Turkmen Main Carpet, Ersary Tribes, Middle ...

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This carpet can only be described as a cracker! A magnificent yurt carpet, made by Ersary Turkmen in the Middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan circa 1870. The beautiful madder-red field consists of three vertical rows of six large Ersary 'guls' tribal crests), highlighted in deep indigo-blue, glowing natural orange and turquoise. The overall condition of the carpet is excellent with only minor wear in one of the kilim skirts. Otherwise, a superb, collectable and very decorative carpet.
Size: 3.40 x 2.30m (11' 2" x 7' 6").

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

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This fabulous Teke Turkmen rug is as good as they come!
In mint condition with full, lustrous, glossy wool, the rug was made by Teke tribes circa 1870.
The quality is nothing more than superb and it is rare these days, to find a rug of this age in this amazing condition. It has to be handled to fully appreciate the quality.
Size: 1.68m x 1.12m (5' 6" x 3' 8").

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 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 Engsi, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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This fabulous Turkmen 'engsi' - yurt-door rug - was made by Teke tribes around 1870 and is in near-mint condition. The glowing madder-red ground on the most glossy, velvet-like wool, shows the best quality Teke work done during the nineteenth century.
The engsi was made as a door-rug - hung at the entrance of the Turkmen yurt on the inside and symbolising the gateway to Paradise. The central 'cross' divides the field into the four gardens of Paradise, the pentagonal shape or 'kejebe' at the top represents power and fertility and the lower elem is the 'sky-door' or gateway to Paradise.
This ranks as one of the best Teke ensis of this period - a truly superb rug.
Size: 1.53 x 1.25m (5' 0" x 4' 1").