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

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BM/FS4

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").
£4,750
| $6,467 USD | €5,287 EUR

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")
£2,950
| $4,017 USD | €3,284 EUR

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

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BM/DR

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").
£2,750
| $3,744 USD | €3,061 EUR

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

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BM1523

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
| $1,974 USD | €1,614 EUR

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

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BM1525

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").
£950
| $1,293 USD | €1,057 EUR

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").
£850
| $1,157 USD | €946 EUR

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

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BM/FL

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

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BM1532

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

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BM/Ersary

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

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RUGMAC38

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").
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