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

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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").

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

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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").

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

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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").

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

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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").

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

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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").

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

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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").

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

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This very handsome Turkmen carpet was made in Turkmenistan by Teke tribes around 1890-1900.
The carpet is in very good overall condition other than some minor repairs needing to be done to secure the ends and overbinding on the selvedges. Very decorative.
Size: 3.66m x 2.30m (12' 0" x 7' 6").

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

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The beautiful madder-red field in this attractive Teke Turkmen carpet contains 5 vertical columns of 10 Teke guls (heraldic crests). The centre of each of the main guls have alternate indigo-blue and cochineal and turquoise and cochineal. Particularly attractive are the elems (skirts) incorporating a tree pattern at each end and the depiction of horned creatures on each side of the main border, as seen in the close-up image. Made around 1900, the soft natural dyes produce a wonderful warm palette to enhance any room.
Size: 2.84m x 2.09m (9' 4" x 6' 10").

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

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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").


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

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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").

Rare Antique Khirgyz Carpet, Khirgyzstan.

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This rare and stunning square carpet was made by Khirgyz tribes during the mid 19th century - maybe earlier. The main border is symbolically interesting and it frames the magnificent red field containing diagonal heraldic crests. The colours are superb and the carpet is in good overall condition albeit some minor areas of corrosive wear and a small areas of re-piling. Rare!
Size: 2.44m square (8' square).

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

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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").

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

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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.

Turkmen Dizlyk, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan, ...

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'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.

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

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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).

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

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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").

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

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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").

Pair of Antique Turkmen Asmalyks, Yomut Turkmen, ...

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This fabulous pair of Asmalyks - one illustrated - were 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: Each Asmalyk measures 1.10m x 0.92 (3' 7" x 3' 0") including tassels and the price stated is for the pair.

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

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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").

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

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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").

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

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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").

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

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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").

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

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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.

Antique Turkmen Bukcha (wedding mirror bag), Goklen ...

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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).