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

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

Item Number
MAC13

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

Item Number
MAC6

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").
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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

Rare Antique Khirgyz Carpet, Khirgyzstan.

Item Number
BM/RK

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).
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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 Tekke Turkmen Rug, Turkmenistan, Central Asia ...

Item Number
DR1

This attractive Tekke Turkmen rug was made around 1900 and is in very good condition bar an area of very slight wear.
Size: 1.60m x 1.19m (5' 3" x 4' 0").
£950

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

Item Number
BM1168

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

Item Number
MAC26

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.
£2,500

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 Rug, Tekke Tribes, Turkmenistan

Item Number
MAC11

This charming rug contains 3 vertical rows of 9 Tekke 'gols' or tribal crests on a beautiful madder-red field.
The rug was made around 1890 in Turkmenistan and is in good overall condition.
Size: 1.93m x 1.27m (6' 4" x 4' 2").
£1,175

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

Antique Asmalyk, Yomud Turkmen Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
MH3

Asmalyks were made in pairs by the young bride as part of her dowry. They symbolised power and fertility and were presented to the bridegroom at the wedding ceremony and hung in the wedding yurt for their entire lives. This Asmalyk dates to the early-mid 19th century and, although a bit battered, retains its dramatic appearance.
Size: 1.19m x 70cm.
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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This fabulous chuval (bedding-bag) was made by Yomut Turkmen during the last quarter of the 19th century. The aubergine field is rich and glowing and contains 9 'guls' (tribal crests) in beautiful shades of sky-blue and dark-blue. The chuval is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.17m x 0.78m (3' 10" x 2' 7").
SOLD

Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian ...

Item Number
BM1028

This rare and fabulous little wedding rug was made by a Turkmen tribe closely related to the Yomut. It has a beautiful aubergine field, a colour found in early examples of Central Asian weaving. The field is decorated with diagonal rows of small symbols - a pattern unusual on Turkmen rugs - more commonly found on trappings. The skirts are superbly decorated with bold and powerful stylised 'birds' - possibly the eagle.
In excellent condition, this rug would have been specifically made by the young bride for her wedding ceremony and possibly dates to around the middle 19th century.
Size: 1.45m x 1.07m (4' 9" x 3' 6").
SOLD

Antique Turkmen Torba, Saryk Tribe, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM20

Just acquired from a private house in very dirty condition, but pristine, and now having had a good bath, this fabulous torba, made by the Saryk Turkmen tribe in the second half of the 19th century, has ivory cotton and coloured silk highlights throughout the woollen pile. I was told that the torba was acquired on the North-West Frontier around 1900 by a family member, and had never been washed until now!
To find a complete torba these days, with the original, full indigo-blue tassels and in such perfect condition, is relatively rare.
Size: 1.20m x 0.84m (4' 0" x 2' 9")including tassels.
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Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

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This ranks amongst the very best of early Teke work from the mid 19th century. Finely knotted yet the glowing madder-red makes this rug just fabulous. The field design contains 3 vertical rows of 9 Teke 'chuval' guls in shades of indigo-blue, ivory, turquoise and madder-red. I love the elms (skirts) where the weaver has depicted very subtle 'trees'. Possibly made as a wedding rug for the bride and groom to stand on at their marriage ceremony, the quality will show her desirability as a weaver and wife! One of my very favourite rugs.
Size: 1.62m x 1.22m (5' 4" x 4' 0").
SOLD

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

Item Number
BM927

This rare and fabulous '6-gol' Tekke Turkmen Torba (wedding trapping) was made around 1850 in beautiful madder-red, soft luxurious, glossy wool - the very best quality Tekke work. This trapping is in remarkably good condition.
Size: 1.24m x 0.40m (4' 1" x 1' 4").
SOLD

Antique Chuval (Bedding Bag), Tekke Turkmen Tribes, ...

Item Number
BM704

Once a complete bedding bag with flatwoven back, all that remains of the bag is the knotted-pile face - and a wonderful face it is too! Made by Tekke Turkmen tribes in Turkmenistan at the end of the 19th century, the bagface contains 4 vertical rows of 4 Tekke 'guls' or tribal crests and a most attractive 'elem' or skirt containing stylised 'trees'. The bagface is in excellent condition - complete with original selvedges.
Size: 1.22m x 0.76m (4' 0" x 2' 6").
SOLD