Alter Turkaman Rug
150 cm x 105 cm
Geometric Alter Turkaman Rug, dark red with border and field pattern
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|Size||150 cm x 105 cm (= 1.57 qm)|
Weft & Warp: wool
|Year of manufacture||1920|
Place of origin
This rug was knotted by members of Turkmen tribes. The Turkmen are known especially for their Bukhara rugs. Bukhara ( sometimes also Bokhara) is an oasis city in Uzbekistan, situated along the former Silk Road. Although no rugs were knotted in Bukhara itself, the city has given its name to many oriental rugs, because they were traditionally exported to the West from Bukhara. But these rugs were knotted by Turkmen tribes like the Yomoudh or Tekke. This old Turkaman Rug is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.
The so-called field pattern of this Turkaman Rug is reminiscent of a lushly overgrown garden with geometrically structured, individually bordered flowerbeds. This design is distinctive, which is why field design rugs are also called garden rugs in German. The individual panels of the design of this Turkaman Rug show different motifs, but follow a strictly symmetrical, rectangular arrangement.
There is a reason for this: large parts of Persia and many other regions of the Middle and Near East are desert or steppe-like arid areas, in which so-called irrigation horticulture is often practiced. Water is brought to the beds through small irrigation channels. Field patterns reflect this irrigation system in a very simplified way. Due to drought in these regions, flowering and green gardens are also a characteristic of it. The field pattern is therefore probably due to the desire to bring a little garden and thus a little paradise into the house. In Koran the term garden, a word of ancient Persian origins, appears very often as an earthly counterpart to paradise.
The background of this Turkaman Rug is dark red. The border features beige, dark red and blue gray.
This Turkaman Rug has a story. It was hand knotted about 1920. We have cleaned it thoroughly and restored it lovingly. Therefore it is in very good condition despite its age.
The pile of this Turkaman Rug has been hand-knotted from high-quality virgin wool. Virgin wool is obtained through the gentle shearing of sheep. Virgin wool is a sustainable, natural raw material with a number of impressive properties; due to the wool's natural fat content, the surface repels water droplets and is thus naturally impervious to dirt. Wool also offers excellent thermal insulation, has a regulating effect on living climate and muffles sound. The backing (weft and warp threads) of this Turkaman Rug is made of virgin wool.