Large Turkoman Tribal Tent Rug — 9 ft. 1 in. by 6 ft. 2 in.


Traditional Turkoman tent rug.

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Mesmerizing large vintage Turkoman tribal rug in very good overall condition.

The wool fringes and side cords are in excellent shape with little signs of wear.

The colors are a brick red, white, yellow, brown, and a muted olive green. The dark red of the rug looks different from every direction, with natural variation, and the colors change with the lighting.

These large Turkoman rugs are made by nomadic tribal people who used their carpets and bags primarily in their tents; therefore they have short pile and are fairly supple, making them easier to fold and transport on pack animals.

The rug displays the traditional Turkoman Gul medallions, and is woven from 100% natural wool by Turkoman weavers in Afghanistan or Turkmenistan. From a European estate.

Exact size is 9 ft. 1 in. by 6 ft. 2 in. 1960s.

Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the weaving on the backside of the rug.

Turkoman rugs are typically woven from 100% pure wool. They are a nomadic rug crafted by tribes in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and northeastern Iran.

These tribes include the Salor, Saryk, Tekke, Youmut, Arabchi, Chodor, and Ersari tribes. These rugs tend to have a background that is red or reddish-brown in color, and the motif is usually geometric.

Most Turkoman rugs feature the octagonal gul –either as large medallions or in a repeating array. However, Turkoman motifs are some of the most copied in the world; many of the rugs displaying gul patterns (the large guls are sometimes called ‘elephant foot’ by dealers) are woven in workshops in Pakistan and elsewhere. These tend to use cotton for the warp and weft, not the traditional tribal wool.

Gul is an old Persian word for flower or rose, and also appears in the Turkish language. Traditionally, distinctive ‘gul’ designs indicated individual tribal affiliations, but they have become somewhat more generic in the 20th century.

Shipping will be $43 within continental U.S.

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(TU0060 G9)