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

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BM/TR

Just arrived, 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").
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

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BM/TC

The madder-red field in this exceptionally fine Teke chuval (bedding-bag), can be compared to the most desirable reds in the weavings of the highly collectable Salor Turkmen. The chuval has highlights of cochineal-dye silk and was a very special piece when it was made. Although there is a small area of moth damage and the original selvedges are missing and the flat-woven back has long gone, the chuval still exudes power and intense beauty - a sign of the very highest quality work of the Teke weavers during the third quarter of the 19th century.
Size: 1.18m x 0.66m (3' 10" x 2' 2").
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Sariq Tribe, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM/JS2

An attractive chuval (bedding-bag) made by Sariq Turkmen circa 1900-1920. The bag is missing its original flat-woven back and is now more suitable for floor use.
Size:
£475

Antique Turkmen Mafrash, Ersary Tribes, Northern Afghanistan. ...

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BM/ET

A charming little mafrash (personal belongings bag) woven in brocade technique with plain-weave cotton back. Made during the early 20th century, the bag is in very good condition.
Size: 81cm x 36cm (2' 8" x 1' 2").
£175

Antique Turkmen Jollar, Ersary Tribes, Northern Afghanistan. ...

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BM/EJ

The Jollar was used to decorate the wedding camel during the marriage procession. Made by Ersary Turkmen in north Afghanistan circa 1900, it is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.73m x 0.51m (5' 8" x 1' 8").
£350

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

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BM/AE4

Chuvals were made in pairs with flat-woven backs and were large bedding-bags for tying to the flanks of the camel during long migrations. This chuval has lost its flat-woven back - and its mate - but nevertheless a nice example made by Yomut Turkmen around 1900.
Size: 1.22m x 0.79m (4' 0" x 2' 7").
£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").
£1,100

Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Goklen Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM/Goklen

A rare and beautiful wedding rug of the Goklen Turkmen made around 1870. The rug is in excellent condition and depicts a myriad of small 'dyrnak' guls throughout the central field and surrounded by a simple border often found on Goklen weavings. The natural-dye aubergine field has a beautiful palette and the 'elems' at each end have shades of golden yellow. A very collectable little rug made by the Goklen bride for her and future husband to stand on at the wedding ceremony and take their wedding vows.
Size: 1.50m x 1.04m (4' 11" x 3' 5").
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Antique Turkmen Rug, Ersary Tribes, Middle Amu ...

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BM1303

Here we see a most unusual rug of the Middle Amu Darya Ersary nomads comprising a compartmentalised design containing lozenges with a multitude of small shrubs. The natural colours are beautifully soft and the rug is in overall very good condition albeit with an evenly-low pile all over.
Size: 1.27m x 0.82m (4' 2" x 2' 8").
£950

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

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BM1235

This beautifully-drawn torba was made by Sariq Turkmen around 1880 - 1890 using the overall field design of the so-called 'schemle' gul. The red colours are from madder and cochineal and the piece is in excellent condition bar two small exceptionally restored top corners where the missing cords would have pulled and torn the corners through heavy use.
Size: 1.22m x 0.38m (4' 0" x 1' 3").
£850

Turkmen Chuval, Sariq Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central Asia ...

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JT9

The Chuval in Turkmen vocabulary was the bedding bag for transporting personal belongings on the camels and pack animals. This Chuval has lost its flatwoven back but retains, in excellent condition, its beautiful finely knotted-pile face incorporating 9 Sariq Turkmen guls (crests). Made around the end of the 19th century, the red field is probably derived from cochineal (insect dye).
Size: 1.49m x 0.81m (4' 11" x 2' 8").

£950

Antique Turkmen Jollar, Ersari Tribes, Region of ...

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MAC27

The name 'Jollar' is the equivalent of an 'Asmalyk' or camel wedding trapping, made in pairs and hung on the flanks of the wedding camel carrying the bride to her wedding. This beautiful trapping contains 3 large 'Salor gols' - a tribe that once had close affiliations with the Ersari. In excellent condition bar a small re-weave in the top left-hand corner, this trapping is complete and made during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Size: 1.73m x 0.51m (5' 8" x 1' 8").
£750

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

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BM1230

This beautiful little wedding rug of the Teke Turkmen tribes was made around 1880.
Wedding rugs were highly-prized possessions and rarely sold by the family. It was made by the young bride for her and her future husband to stand on at the wedding ceremony and take their marriage vows. The high quality of the knotting showed her prowess as a weaver and desirability as a wife! This little rug is in very good overall condition with a few very minor areas of repair, expected in a rug of this age. Note the three vertical rows of Teke guls in the madder-red field and the rare minor guls. The 'elems' or skirts are also interesting, being of a different design each end.
Size: 1.10m x 1.01m (3' 7" x 3' 3").
£950

Antique Tent Band, Yomut Turkmen, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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TW1

This magnificent, complete tent-band (yolami) was woven and knotted by a Yomut Turkmen nomad during the last quarter of the 19th century, probably as part of her wedding dowry, thus the depiction of the wedding camel, horse and rider. The band measures approximately 44 feet (13.41 metres) in length and is incredibly fine in weave and knotting. Bands of this high quality were amongst their most highly-prized possessions and symbolised the eternal cycle of life.
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Turkmen Dizlyk, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan, ...

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MAC4

'Dizlyk' were made in pairs and used to decorate the knobbly knees of the wedding camel during the wedding procession. This dizlyk has a beautiful colour palette of red, turquoise-blue, yellow, aubergine and ivory and was made by Yomut Turkmen circa 1870-1880. It is in original, complete condition with braided sides and hanging cords.
Size: 43cm x 38cm including tassels (1' 5" x 1' 3" including tassels.
£750

Antique Turkmen Spindle-Bag (igsalyk), Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian ...

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MAC28

The 'igsalyk' or spindle-bag was, as the name implies, used for containing spindles. This igsalyk was made by Yomut Turkmen around 1880 and is in complete condition with original plain-weave back. A most decorative wall-hanging!
Size: 27cm x 1.00m including tassels (10.5" x 3' 3" including tassels).
£750

Antique Germech (engsi door panel), Ersary Turkmen ...

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BM/EG

The 'germech' was made as the panel to go underneath the engsi (door rug) at the entrance to the Turkmen yurt. Few germech are found complete these days - in actual fact, germech are rare.
This stunning germech was made by Ersary Turkmen nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century. What is amazing about this piece, is that it is absolutely complete with tasselled lower skirt and complete braided cords for tying the germech to the yurt struts. The inner field design is unusual as is the main border with its Turkmen 'tree' pattern - more akin to the designs of the Sariq Turkmen. In mint condition, this is a truly wonderful piece of nomadic art!
1.20m x 0.50m (4' 0" x 1' 8").
£850

Antique Turkmen Asmalyk, Yomut Turkmen, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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MAC26

This fabulous Asmalyk was made by Yomut Turkmen around 1890-1900 and are in mint condition.
The Asmalyk - a pentagonal-shaped trapping - symbolised power and fertility and they were hung on the bridal camel as the bride rode to her wedding ceremony. They were then presented to her future husband as part of her dowry and he would then hang them inside the wedding yurt for the rest of their married life together. As a symbol of fertility, the hope was for many children - boys to protect the family unit and girls to look after the men and weave lots of beautiful carpets!!!
Size: 1.10m x 0.92 (3' 7" x 3' 0") including tassels.
£1,500

Antique Turkmen Chuval (bedding-bag), Sariq Tribe, Yolatan ...

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BM1228

Another recent arrival is this beautiful Turkmen bedding bag-face, made by Sariq nomads during the middle 19th century. The 'elem' (lower skirt) depicts what looks like dancing ladies - also seen in the upper panel - on a beautiful glowing madder-red ground. The Sariq 'guls' (tribal crests) can be seen in the central field, highlighted in cochineal-red.
Size: 1.32m x 0.90m (4' 4" x 3' 0").
£1,500

Antique Turkmen Mixed-Technique Torba, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM/GT

Just in, this very rare face of what once was a small storage bag (torba), was woven in mixed-technique i.e. horizontal bands of knotted pile and plain-weave, by Teke Turkmen nomads, probably in the early to mid 19th century.
More common in this mixed technique are chuvals (large storage bags), but it is extremely rare to find a torba - sadly without its back, but showing the remains of its original plain-weave top sewn over and original selvedges. This is a very important and collectable item of which very few are published.
Size: 79cm x 31cm (2' 7" x 1' 0").
SOLD

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

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BM/MH

This exceptional Teke Turkmen rug is extremely finely knotted with superior wool and made circa 1870 in the Merv Oasis, Turkmenistan. The beautiful madder-red is just stunning and ranks amongst the very best colour in Teke work.
Size: 1.83m x 1.04m (6' 0" x 3' 5").
SOLD

Pair of Antique Turkmen Kaps, Yomut Tribes, ...

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BM/JS

A rare and beautiful pair of small storage bags (kaps) made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan, during the third quarter 19th century. 'Kaps' are very rare and can be found individually now and again, but finding a pair is even rarer. These kaps are complete with plain-weave backs.
Size: 44cm x 25cm (1' 5" x 10") each.
SOLD

Antique Turkmen Torba, Ersary Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM/JS1

The wool quality in this torba is soft, lustrous and glossy. In very good condition, it was made by Ersary Turkmen circa 1900.
Size:
SOLD

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

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BM/GD

This is one of the finest knotted Teke rugs I've had the pleasure of handling. The wool quality is the very best - soft, lustrous and glossy. The natural madder-red colour is as good as it gets! Fabulous.
Size: 1.62m x 1.14m (5' 4" x 3' 9")
SOLD