Antique Tekke
118 cm x 72 cm
Nr. 16837


Geometric Antique Tekke, dark red with border and diamonds

Place of origin
Size118 cm x 72 cm (= 0.85 qm)
Manufacturinghand knotted
MaterialFlor: wool (handspun, natural color)
Weft & Warp: wool
Pile height8mm
Year of manufacture1910
Coloringdark red, dark blue
EditionSingle piece

Place of origin

The Tekke are the main tribe of the Turkmen. They reside in the Republic of Turkmenistan and in Afghanistan. In the past, the Tekke lived nomadically and relied heavily on looting. Today most of them are settled and live as peaceful farmers. After the dissolution of the Soviet Empire, however, some have returned to nomadism. The Tekke mostly inhabit the now independent Republic of Turkmenistan, where they make rugs in the cities of Ashghabad and Mari and their vicinity.

During the communist revolution, numerous Tekke clans migrated to the neighboring countries of Afghanistan and Iran. Others settled in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Tekke rugs are among the famous Turkmen rugs whose patterns are also reproduced in Pakistan. Tekke rugs are also traded as Bukhara rugs. Bukhara (partly also Bokhara) is an oasis city in Uzbekistan, which is located along the former Silk Road. Although no rugs were knotted in Bukhara itself, the city gave 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 antique Tekke is a collector's item. It is about 110 years old and, therefore, a really special piece. Antique rugs like this Tekke are still very popular and are sold at top prices by renowned auction houses.


The embellished edging (border) forms a glorious contrast to the center and creates a transition at the edge of the rug.

The abstract, geometric composition creates the simple elegance of this Tekke. The pattern flatters the design of the room and does not take the attention away from its furniture, decoration and architectural elements. It blends in fantastically with any surroundings and subtly complements the interior design of a room..

In the pattern of this Tekke, the diamonds stand out in particular. Diamonds are a rhombus standing on a point, the four equal sides of which may be jagged, stitched or hooked. The diamond is one of the oldest basic forms in oriental rugs. It has a symbolic meaning in the Islamic world: it symbolizes the immortality of the soul. It is therefore very often found as a filler motif.

The repeating elements in the center field of this Tekke rug have no specific center (so-called repeating pattern). The repeating pattern has a calming but not boring effect. Rugs with repeating patterns are also called patterned.

The background of this Tekke is dark red. The border features dark red, dark blue and gray beige.


This Tekke has had admirers before you. It was hand knotted about 1910. It has been thoroughly cleaned and is in good but unrestored condition. We have not restored this Tekke, because we think it is as it is a special charm. If that's what you would like, we will of course restore the rug for you. Either way, this Tekke will provide you with satisfaction for decades to come.


The technique used to produce the materials of the pile of this Tekke is over 200 years old. The wool is dyed with natural colors and spun by hand. Dyeing with natural or vegetable dyes is more complicated, expensive and time-consuming than dyeing with chemical dyes. For a bright red, for example, you would need about one kilogram of ground madder root per kilogram of wool as dye. For a strong, not too pale yellow, you would need two kilograms of the dye madder per kilogram of wool. Also spinning wool is time-consuming and labor-intensive. In addition, fewer and fewer people are able to hand spin wool.

But the effort is worth it: By dyeing with natural dyes, the high-quality wool retains its natural fat content. Wool dyed with natural colors and spun by hand creates fascinating, iridescent patterns. The charm of hand-spun wool with its slight irregularities and natural hues unfolds as a contrasting element in modern interiors, but also in rooms that are furnished in a more traditional or country house style. The backing (weft and warp threads) of this Tekke is made of virgin wool.

The colors of this carpet change depending on which side it is viewed from. It depends on whether the light falls on the line or against the line of the pile. We have therefore taken pictures of this rug from different perspectives.
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