This is an old and beautiful genuine Bokhara Turkoman rug size 4.5 x 8.2 Circa 1900. It is all wool including the warp, weft, and pile using hand spun wool from the tribal people own sheep. The larger repeated designs are called Guls which signifies which tribe among the Turkomans the rugs belonged to. In this case it is a Tekke Gul and the woman who wove the rug placed her tribes Guls as the smaller secondary ones, an inter-tribal marriage. The Turkomans live in a region above Afghanistan and Iran called Turkmenistan. This is a magnificent example, seldom seen today and certainly not in this fine a condition. It was vegetable dyed in small lots and had has lovely abrash….a really fascinating example of a Tekke weaving from this long ago time. This would be great as a wall hanging too. T-324 $755
The appearance of slight deviations within the same color is called abrash. Abrash is seen in traditionally dyed oriental rugs. Its occurrence suggests that a single weaver has likely woven the carpet, who did not have enough time or resources to prepare a sufficient quantity of dyed yarn to complete the rug. Only small batches of wool were dyed from time to time, usually in a small pot. When one batch of wool was used up, the weaver continued with the newly dyed batch. Not using precise measurements for the dye material, the exact hue of color is rarely met again when a new batch is dyed, thus the color of the pile changes over time. As such, the color variation suggests a village or tribal woven rug, and is appreciated as a sign of quality and authenticity.
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