Antique Tekke Turkmen CarpetRug #2298
Tekke Turkmen Carpet Turkmenistan Allover design Wool Pile
This Tekke Turkmen carpet is published in;
THE PERSIAN CARPET, ‘The Fabric of Life’, Essie Sakhai, Woodbridge, 2008.
pl. 342, p. 419.
In colour and design, this is a typical main carpet by
the Tekke Turkmen. The irregular octagonal medallions repeated
in the field are called gols when they are the major motif on a
main carpet; otherwise the standard spelling is gul. Thus, here
the major medallion is of a particular type called the gulli (or
golli) gol and the minor medallion is called the kurbagh (literally
‘frog’) gul. Within the main border, the repeated rayed octagon
is a further version of the same element called the uriuk gul. As
might be realised from this somewhat complex ‘naming of
parts’, every detail of the design of a Turkmen weaving does
indeed have a name. Thus, each end panel of the carpet, on this
example containing blue and white comb-like motifs arranged
in diamond formation, is called an elem and the comb pattern
itself is called the dogdan. The majority of Tekke weavings were
made in Turkmenistan but there were and still are many Turkmen
of different tribes in Persia where, not surprisingly, they also
wove their traditional designs, as well as in Afghanistan. This
example dates from around 1900.
Tekke Turkmen Carpet. This piece was handwoven in Turkmenistan. For further information please contact us and our team will be pleased to assist you. All pieces in the collection are under the auspices of Essie Sakhai, one of the world’s foremost experts and collectors of fine handmade Persian rugs and carpets.
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