Turkman 16087

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Central Persia

380 X 236 cm (Approximately 149.6 X 93 inch); Knots: 7 x 7 = 49 knots per sq cm from sh.sameyeh Oriental carpet catalogue page No.265


In the second half of the 19th Century, the Tekke tribe was one of the most influential of all of the Turkoman tribes. A prolific group of artisans, the Tekke boasted some of the finest weavers in the region, and were widely known for their especially refined weaving skills. Because they were responsible for weaving such a large variety of items, the rugs woven by the Tekke tribe differ in every imaginable way, and include examples from an impressive range of sizes and shapes. Despite this unusually large range in appearance, however, there are certain elements that are manifest in almost all examples. For instance, Tekke rugs use an asymmetric knot that opens to the left.

Typically, the design of a traditional, representative Tekke rugs will include the Gurbaghe Gul somewhere in the field. The main border of traditional tribal Tekke rugs would usually be woven with a red background that includes octagons and eight-pointed stars. The tonal range centers around warm hues, such as reds, purples and browns. Antique Tekke rugs and carpets are admired for their great tribal and cultural verisimilitude, which is evidenced by their distinctly tribal compositions. Unique carpets, Tekke rugs offer interested parties an unparalleled opportunity to own an authentic piece of tribal art.All natural dyes are paramount for the carpet to have more than just decorative value. Beyond that, various dyers had varying levels of skill and invested different lengths of time in dyeing the yarns.  The “quality of color”–its radiance and level of nuance within each color–is centrally important.  Certain rare colors such as Tyrian purple, saffron yellow, cochineal rose and greens add to the carpet’s value

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