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

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BM/JR

Dating to circa 1900, this beautiful Teke Turkmen carpet has a soft colour palette and a square size. Overall, it is in very good pile except for a small area of wear, and this is reflected in the price. Very decorative.
size: 2.31m x 2.31m (7' 7" x 7' 7").
£3,750

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

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BM/RR

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")
£3,500

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

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BM/SB2

Another arrival from a private Swedish collection is this handsome Teke Turkmen engsi, made in the Merv Oasis of Turkmenistan circa 1870-1880.
The engsi was a yurt door-hanging and symbolised the gateway to Paradise. The bottom panel represented the sky-door or gateway with the central cross dividing the field into the symbolic 4 gardens. Once there, you are spiritually secure.
This engsi is in excellent complete condition and very interestingly, at the very top right-hand corner, and as can be seen in two of the close-up photos, there is the one and only line of magenta silk knots! I guess the weaver inserted these to show that this was her engsi and possibly was very special to her as part of her dowry.
Size: 1.45m x 1.20m (4' 9" x 4' 0").
£2,500

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

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RUGMAC 41

I love the glowing madder-red in the ground of this beautiful little Turkmen wedding rug, made by a Teke weaver circa 1870-1880. Wedding rugs were made specifically by the bride for her and the groom to stand on at their wedding ceremony and take their marriage vows. The quality of the work that went into the weaving of these rugs was of the highest quality which showed the young bride as an accomplished weaver and would therefore bring wealth to the family. This charming little rug is in excellent overall condition with no repairs other than the selvedges having been re-bound.
Size: 1.20m (4' 0") square.
£1,600

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

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RUGMAC 51

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").
£1,450

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

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BM/GT3

This fine Teke Turkmen rug has a glowing madder-red field and nicely spaced guls.
The rug displays 3 vertical rows of 6 Teke guls interspersed by beautifully-drawn minor guls.
This is a very good collectable Teke rug, in reasonably good overall condition, and dating to the mid 19th century.
Size: 1.63m x 1.36m (5' 4" x 4' 5").
£1,250

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

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RUGMAC 1

This is an early Teke rug made with cochineal-dye wool, from the mid 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").
£1,250

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

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RUGMAC7

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").
£950

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

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BM/AE2

Here we have a nice decorative Teke Turkmen rug in very good condition, made circa 1900.
Size: 1.40m x 1.12m (4' 7" x 3' 8").
£950

Antique Afghan Rug, Daulatabad, Northern Afghanistan.

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RUGMAC 34

This is a beautiful deep, glowing red Afghan rug, made in the region of Daulatabad in northern Afghanistan around 1920. The rug comprises 5 vertical Ersary Turkmen guls (tribal crests) - a tribe originating in Turkmenistan and displaced into north Afghanistan by the Russians at the end of the 19th century.
Size: 2.10m x 1.25m (6' 11" x 4' 1").
£750

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

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RUGMAC9

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").
SOLD

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

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BM668

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").
SOLD