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

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BM/JM2

This beautiful torba (small storage bag) was made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes circa 1880. It has a rare field design of small symbolic guls (tribal crests) with superb shades of madder-red, natural ivory and indigo sky-blue. The torba is in immaculate condition with plain-weave back, the remains of the hanging cords and tassels at the base.
Size: 76cm x 41cm (2' 6" x 1' 4").
£1,850

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

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BM1761

The quality of the silky pile, which is in near perfect condition all over, is the very best. The weave too, is exceptionally fine.
Chuvals were usually made in pairs with plain-weave backs, and were used for transporting bedding, clothing and utensils whilst the tribe were on the move. I feel quite certain that the damage in the top left and right corners, was caused by the cords which were attached to the sides of the chuval and took a huge amount of weight during these migratory periods. Made by Teke Turkmen around 1870-1880, this is a beautiful and very collectable example of the best of Teke weaving.
Size: 1.35m x 0.81m (4' 5" x 2' 8").
£1,750

Antique Turkmen Spindle-Bag, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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BM/LPN10

Turkmen spindle-bags were used, as the name implies, for containing wooden spindles.
This one is a good early example of the type, probably made around 1860-1870 by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes. The design in the central field represents the totemic tree, which the Shaman will climb to communicate with the great Gods in the sky. The wool is soft and the bag is complete with its original plain-weave, undyed wool back.
Size: 40cm x 20cm (1' 4" x 8").
£1,450

Antique Pair of Turkmen 'Dizlyks', Yomut Tribe, ...

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BM/Diz

'Dizlyks', were made specifically to wrap round the knobbly knees of the wedding camel during the wedding procession. They were a smaller version of the 'asmalyk', large pentagonal wedding trappings that symbolised power and fertility. The dizlyks undoubtedly had the same symbolic meaning - lots of children, boys to protect the family unit and girls to make lots of rugs and carpets!
These dizlyks are both in exellent condition with original tassels and made by Yomut Turkmen in the trans-Caspian Steppes circa 1900.
The price below is for the pair.
Size of each dizlyk: 38cm x 36cm (1' 3" x 1' 2") including tassels.
£1,250

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

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LCBM19

This magnificent face of a large storage-bag (chuval) was made by Sariq Turkmen in the Yolatan Oasis, Turkmenistan, during the second half of the nineteenth century. The dark aubergine field contains six major Sariq guls surrounded by minor guls - the magenta-red within each of the guls highlighted in silk. This is a stunning and powerful large weaving and I would say it was probably made for an important member of the Sariq hierarchy because of the incredible fineness of knotting and the use of so much silk. Note the 'dancing ladies' in the upper and lower elems!
The overall condition is excellent bar one tiny moth-eaten area which is easily repairable. Very special!
Size: 1.67m x 1.07m (5' 6" x 3' 6").
£1,200

Antique Turkmen Spindle-Bag, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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LCBM16

SUMMER SALE.
Spindle-bags as the name implies, were used to hold wooden spindles for spinning the wool.
This charming bag was made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes of Turkmenistan around 1890-1900. It is in excellent condition with plain-weave ivory back and original tassels decorating the sides and symbolising 'good luck'.
Size: 53cm x 23cm (1' 9" x 9").
£550

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

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BM1786

'Torbas' were small storage bags in the shape seen here and made by the many Turkmen tribes that inhabited Turkmenistan up until the early 20th century. This charming torba has lost its original plain-weave back but at least the knotted-pile face remains intact and in excellent condition. Made by Yomut Turkmen in the trans-Caspian Steppes of Turkmenistan circa 1890-1900, this torba incorporates a rare ivory border symbolic pattern.
Size: 86cm 38cm (2' 10" x 1' 3").
£550

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Sariq, Tribes, Yoatan Oasis, ...

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BM1741

This Turkmen bedding bag-face was made by Sariq nomads during the second half of the 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.
I have reduced the price considerably for a quick sale. So don't delay - it's a bargain!!
Size: 1.32m x 0.90m (4' 4" x 3' 0").
£375

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

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BM/JH

Acquired from a private collection, these are a rare pair of Yomut Turkmen 'tree' asmalyks.
The asmalyk were made in pairs to hang on either flank of the bridal camel during the wedding procession. They were highly-prized dowry trappings and symbolised power and fertility. Asmalyks with the 'gapyrga' or 'tree' design are relatively rare and pairs are even rarer - most have been separated over the years. Made by the Yomut tribe, these asmalyks are in excellent condition and made circa 1870-1880.
SOLD

Antique Turkmen Heptagonal Asmalyk, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian ...

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BM1097

Wow - what a rare beauty! Heptagonal asmalyks are rare and here we see a bold and exciting piece made by Yomut Turkmen around 1860. The field drawing is open and well-spaced and the lower 'elem' panel, has beautifully-drawn trees. Made in pairs, asmalyks were made as dowry pieces to decorate the flanks of the wedding camel and afterwards, hung in the yurt as symbols of power and fertility.
SOLD

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

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BM/FS3

Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 61, this rare heptagonal asmalyk was made by Ersary tribes in the Middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan during the mid 19th century. The rare ivory ground with its depiction of totemic symbols, nicely drawn and interspersed with amulets for protection.
Asmalyks were made in pairs by the young bride, hung on the flanks of the wedding camel during her journey to her wedding ceremony, presented to her future husband who would hang them up in the wedding yurt as symbols of power and fertility.
This asmalyk is in excellent condition.
Size: 74cm x 1.52m (2' 5" x 5' 0").
SOLD

Rare Antique Teke Turkmen Asmalyk, Merv Oasis, ...

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BM/FS2

A rare 'asmalyk' - a bridal wedding camel trapping - made by Teke tribes in the Merv Oasis of Turkmenistan during the mid 19th century. Asmalyks were made in pairs by the bride and hung on the flanks of the wedding camel during the bride's journey to her wedding ceremony. Symbolically, they represented power and fertility and when presented to the bridegroom as part of the bride's dowry, he would hang them inside the wedding yurt for the rest of their married days. Most asmalyks found on the world market today are from the Yomut Turkmen - those made by the Teke are rare. This stunning asmalyk, which is in excellent condition and complete with tassels, comprises vertical columns of trees known as 'gapyrga' in the Turkmen language.
Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 45, this is a highly collectible asmalyk.
Size: 60cm x 1.17m (2' 0" x 3' 10").
SOLD