Fabulous old Turkoman ensi tribal rug featuring the traditional hatchli motif. Very good condition with some wear and a little abrash in the reds (abrash is color variegation resulting from different wool dye batches). 100% wool. 1950s — 1960s. Some minor wear on the fringes. The rug has been ‘end-stopped’, which is a form of simple (and almost invisible) stitching to shore up the rug ends.
Turkoman rugs are typically woven from 100% pure wool. They are a nomadic rug made 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 redish-brown in color, and the motif is usually geometric.
Most Turkoman rugs feature the octagonal gul –either as large medallions or in a smaller repeating array. Gul is an old Persian word for flower or rose, and also appears in Turkish. In the past, distinctive guls may have indicated individual tribal affiliations. In modern weaving they tend to be more decorative and are widely copied in both Turkish and Pakistani carpets.
This much less common motif in Turkoman rugs is known as the hatchli design. The hatchli design is composed of a large cross that divides the background of the rug into four parts. All of these sections have the same pattern (see first photo), which is both ancient and traditional. A version of it is found on the menorah.
The hatchli motif is woven on ensi rugs, which were originally used to cover the door of the nomad’s tents. This rug is a beautiful expression of the nomadic eye in synthesizing the decorative and the functional.
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