Traditional old Turkoman Ersari ensi tribal rug featuring the hatchli motif.
Very good condition with a small stretch mark in the wool pile. 100% wool rugs can stretch and contract over the decades producing small visible marks. (shown in closeup photo) This is cosmetic as the rug is very solid.
This Afghan rug is woven from 100% natural wool. A small area of fringe wear. The rug can be used in a high foot traffic area.
The carpet is out of a European estate.
Exact size is 6 ft. 7 in. by 4 ft. 4 in.
Ersari tribal rug woven in Afghanistan.
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, 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.
“There are many names for the type of weavings found in Afghanistan and Central Asia. For example, in Herat and the Northern Turkmen tribes an ensi (or engsi) is a rug designed to serve as an internal tent door. This same design is called a Hatchli (or Hatchlu) in Iran, and a purdah (or purdhu) in other parts of Afghanistan – all of them referring to a door curtain or closure.”
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