Wonderful large old Turkoman Ersari main rug in very good overall condition. Even the wool fringes and side cords remain in very good shape with just a little wear on the fringes on one end.
The colors are lovely and vary from a brick red to a purplish red. As well as a range of reds, the rug also has a good amount of tribal abrash. (Abrash is distinct variegation of color side by side due to changes in wool dye batches.) The most obvious example of abrash is shown in the second photo with a thin lighter bar of abrash running from side to side.
Many tribal weavers include abrash in their rugs both from aesthetic choice and out of necessity. Locally dyed wool often is not an exact match in color and hue from batch to batch. Many collectors prefer abrash as it creates a painterly effect in an otherwise monotone rug.
Urban rugs woven in large weaving centers in Kashan, Kerman, Isfahan, Mashad, Tabriz, and Qom are far less likely to show abrash than village, tribal and rural creations.
As well as abrash, the colors have softened a little over the years–especially in the areas of purplish red. Traditional icons are rendered in indigo blue with accents of olive, tan, yellow, and white.
These large old Ersari rugs are made by nomadic tribal people who used them 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 11 ft. 3 in. by 8 ft. 10 in. 1950s.
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 guls indicated individual tribal affiliations.
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