antique turkmen engsi teke tribes turkmenistan central asia

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



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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").
Viewing by appointment only.
Internal Ref: BM/FS4


Height = 153 cm (60")
Width = 125 cm (49")
Depth = 0 cm (0")

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