Antique Turkmen Carpet, Kizyl Ayak Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

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The glowing red ground containing four vertical rows of thirteen guls was made by the Kizyl Ayak Turkmen around 1900. Particularly attractive is the main border pattern with its simple tree and opposing each other, double-headed sunbirds, symbolising the guardians of the gates of Paradise.
In excellent overall condition, this carpet will make a very attractive and decorative floor covering.
Was 4500 - now 3500.
Size: 3.05m x 2.13m (10' x 7').

Antique Teke Turkmen Rug, Akhal Oasis, Turkmenistan, ...

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A charming little Teke Turkmen wedding rug made circa 1880 and in very good condition bar a small number of minor repairs. The rug retains its original flat-woven 'elems' (skirts) with an additional band of knotted-pile within the plain-weave at each end - an attractive finish which I suspect tells us how important this little rug was to the young weaver who made it. Small, square rugs like this one were specifically made as part of the bride's dowry and were used at the wedding ceremony for the bride and groom to stand on and take their marriage vows.
Size: 1.27m x 1,02m (4' 2" x 3' 4").

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Kizyl Ayak Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

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A handsome main carpet of the Kizyl Ayak Turkmen, made circa 1870 in Turkmenistan.
It has a glowing red field consisting of 3 vertical rows of 9 Kizyl Ayak 'guls' - tribal crests - and a very striking, typical Kizyl Ayak main border.
In generally good overall pile condition, the carpet has a few areas of old re-weaves and is priced accordingly.
Size: 2.34m x 1.46m (7' 8" x 4' 9").

Antique Turkmen Prayer-Rug, Kizyl Ayak Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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A charming little prayer-rug, made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century by Kizyl Ayak tribes in south Turkmenistan bordering north Afghanistan. The madder-red ground contains four central Turkmen 'guls' - tribal crests - and a powerful rams-horn mihrab.
The overall condition is good although the pile is evenly-low with some slight wear.
Size: 1.32m x 0.87m (4' 4" x 2' 10").

Antique Turkmen Rug, Kizyl Ayak Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

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This charming little rug contains three powerful Kizyl Ayak Turkmen guls on a madder-red ground. Made around 1900, the rug is in excellent condition with attractive elems either end.
Size: 1.22m x 0.91m (4' x 3').

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

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A magnificent main yurt carpet made by Teke Turkmen tribes during the third quarter 19th century. The glowing madder-red is just to die for (excuse the pun) and the carpet is in excellent overall condition with stunning elems (skirts). The weave is as fine as they get as can be seen in the close-up photo and all I can add is that the weaver was obviously at the very height of her weaving ability.
Size: 2.81 x 2.24m (9' 3" x 7' 4").

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

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The very best madder-red can be found on the early rugs, carpets and trappings of the Teke and Salor Turkmen tribes.
Here we see in this fabulous yurt main carpet made by Teke tribes during the mid 19th century, this fantastic use of glowing madder-red on which are depicted the tribal crests or 'guls' of the Teke tribe. You can't get much better than this!
Highly collectible and amongst the very best of type.
3.23 x 1.90m (10' 7' x 6' 3").

Rare Antique Turkmen Engsi, Ersary Tribes, Middle ...

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What a stunner!
A rare Turkmen Engsi - yurt door hanging - made by Ersary nomads in the middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan in the early to mid 19th century. The lower elem is stunning in its simplicity as is the central 4 -gardens of Paradise with their depiction of stylised double birds-heads - symbolically representing the guardians of the gates of Paradise.
Illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' and on the front cover of Uwe Jourdan's 'Turkmen Carpets' this is a highly collectable rug.
Size: 1.60m x 1.35m (5' 3" x 4' 5").

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

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Teke Turkmen carpets pre-1900 are among my favourite tribal carpets. These large carpets were specifically made for use in the tent and the most common size is 3m x 2m.
The glowing madder-red ground in this main tent carpet is just magnificent with its four vertical rows of ten Teke 'guls' or tribal crests. In fantastic pile condition all over, this beautiful carpet would have been made circa 1870-1880, probably in the Akhal Oasis of Turkmenistan.
The carpet is complete with its fantastic 'elems' or skirts.
Size: 3.00 x 2.13m (10' x 7').

Antique Tekke Turkmen Carpet, Turkmenistan, Central Asia. ...

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Beautiful colours fill the field of this fabulous Turkmen carpet, made by Tekke tribes circa 1870.
Size: 2.95m x 1.93m (9' 8" x 6' 4").

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

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This beautiful Teke Turkmen rug is as good as they get! Finely knotted with a glossy, glowing, madder-red ground - the best colour found in these 19th century Tekes. This fabulous rug dates to circa 1870 and is in near perfect condition, albeit with a small expertly-done re-weave at one corner. Otherwise in great condition. The field depicts three vertical rows of eight Teke 'guls' (tribal crests) and both skirts contain the symbolic entry to the spiritual world.
Size: 1.80m x 1.12m (5' 11" x 3' 8").

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

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This magnificent engsi (yurt door rug) was made by Yomut Turkmen in the trans-Caspian Steppes of Turkmenistan circa 1860-1870. To find engsis of this age and in such amazing condition is pretty rare these days. The vegetable-dye wool is lustrous, soft and glossy and the 'elem' or lower skirt is superbly drawn.
Engsis were made specifically for hanging at the door of the yurt and symbolised the gateway to Paradise.
This is certainly one of the very best made by the Yomut tribe.
Size: 1.67m x 1.35m (5' 6" x 4' 5").