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

Item Number
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 ...

Item Number
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, ...

Item Number
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").
POA

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

Item Number
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, ...

Item Number
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 ...

Item Number
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 ...

Item Number
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 ...

Item Number
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, ...

Item Number
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, ...

Item Number
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 ...

Item Number
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 Turkmen Asmalyk, Yomut Turkmen, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
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 ...

Item Number
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 Torba, Ersary Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM/SC

This charming little torba - personal belongings bag - was made by Ersary Turkmen nomads around 1900. It contains two large and powerful Ersary guls (tribal crests) in the centre and is complete with braided hanging cords. It is in excellent condition with soft, glossy wool and complete with plain-weave back.
Size: 109m x 0.48m (3' 7" x 1' 7").
SOLD

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

Item Number
BM1289

The chuval (bedding-bag) depicts a field design of tribal guls surrounded by a border with an extra panel at the bottom.
Symbolically, I believe the central field of guls to represent paradise and the lower panel to represent the earthly world.
Therefore, note the two stylised figures leaving the earthly world, where they have passed away, and disappearing under the border and out into the world of the spirit. The dark aubergine background has tremendous depth and I love the sky-blue shining out of the minor guls - glowing in a dark sky! Made by Yomut tribes around the last quarter of the 19th century.
Size: 1.20m x 0.67m (4' 0" x 2' 2").
SOLD

Antique Turkmen Torba, Arabachi Tribe, Middle Amu ...

Item Number
BM/GT

This rare and exceptional torba was made by the Arabachi Turkmen during the first half 19th century.
It is in complete, very good condition with a fine weave, good wool and beautiful, saturated natural colours.
Torbas of the Arabachi are uncommon and this is certainly a collector's item.
Size: 1.10m x 0.51m (3' 7" x 1' 8").
SOLD

Antique Large Turkmen Storage Bagface, Ersary Tribes, ...

Item Number
BM/GD

This magnificent large storage bagface was made by Ersary tribes in the middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan, possibly close to the environs of Beshir, during the mid - third quarter of the 19th century. The glowing madder-red field contains a 'mina khani' design and the piece is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.78m x 1.04m (5' 10" x 3' 5").
SOLD

Antique Turkmen Wooden Spindles, Turkmenistan, Central Asia. ...

Item Number
BM/MO

A rare but interesting find these days are antique wooden spindles of the Turkmen tribes. These were recently found in Turkmenistan and date to the 19th century.
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Antique Turkmen Bukcha (wedding mirror bag), Goklen ...

Item Number
BM/DD

This small, beautiful and rare Turkmen Bukcha was made by Goklen nomads in Turkmenistan during the early - mid 19th century. The 'bukcha' was made as a special pouch for containing the wedding mirror - a tradition that goes back centuries and known as 'the mirror of fortune' (a'ina-ye-bakht in Persian). Once the contractual ceremony has taken place, the bride's veil is drawn back and the couple are finally permitted to gaze at each other in the mirror. The symbolic representation in the bag is protection and fertility. The mirror should be the first object moved into the new wedding yurt. These fabulous bags are rarely seen as they were never intended for sale but highly-prized possessions within the nomadic family. The few that are seen are mainly Yomut - rarely Goklen! It is in near-mint condition.
25cm square (10" square).
SOLD

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

Item Number
BM/DR5

This mid 19th century Turkmen Engsi (door-rug), made by Yomut tribes, has an extremely powerful presence. The central 'tree' contains a magnificent 'ram's horn' at the top which is important enough to break through the inner border - also seen in the lower upper panel with the bottom panel containing stylised trees - symbolising the '3-level universe' where the roots of the tree are in the underworld; the trunk in the earthly world and the branches reaching into the spiritual realms. The rug is in very good condition and the selvedges have been expertly re-placed and re-bound.
Size: 1.52m x 1.17m (5' 0" x 3' 10").
SOLD

Antique Engsi (yurt-door rug), Yomut Turkmen Tribes, ...

Item Number
BM1257

Another magnificent Engsi - yurt-door rug), made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan around the first half of the 19th century. 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 of the Yomut Turkmen.
Size: 1.63m x 1.24m (5' 4" x 4' 1").
SOLD

Antique Turkmen Engsi (yurt-door rug), Teke Tribes, ...

Item Number
BM1248

This magnificent Engsi - a rug used as a yurt-door hanging - was made by Teke Turkmen tribes in the Merv Oasis around 1850-1860. The rug has a beautiful colour palette - predominantly madder-red - a rare main border design and in excellent condition with very soft, velvety wool.
Size: 1.40m x 1.09m (4' 7" x 3' 7").
SOLD

Antique Turkmen '6-Gul' Torba, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

Item Number
BM/JS

The madder-red colour in this rare '6-gul' Teke Turkmen torba is beautiful and ranks up there with the best of Teke work. The weave is incredibly fine and shows the high quality of work achieved by the best Teke weavers - in this case, a woman at the very top of her profession.
This torba was undoubtedly a dowry piece and never intended for sale or barter.
SOLD

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Ersary Tribes, Beshir Area, ...

Item Number
BM/Darya

Just in and magnificent! A rare chuval (bedding-bag-face), made by Ersary Turkmen in the Beshir area of the middle Amu Darya Region circa 1850/1860. Pieces like this are often better seen 'in the wool' as it is often difficult to photograph the wonderful natural colours and in this case, the stunning Ersary yellow. In excellent condition, the wool quality here is the very best - soft and lustrous.
Size: 1.45m x 0.95m (4' 9" x 3' 1").
SOLD