Antique Tekke Turkmen Rug

167 x 126cm, 5'5" x 4'1"

    Part of Sir Quintine Blake's Personal Collection

    The antique Turkmen Tekke rug from the Emirate of Bokhara, originating around the turn of the 20th century, stands as a testament to the exquisite craftsmanship and cultural heritage of the region. Woven with a mastery passed down through generations, this rug encapsulates the artistic prowess and cultural significance of its time.

    The rug immediately captivates with its breathtaking array of colours, achieved through the use of Madder natural dyes. Vibrant reds dominate the palette, imbuing the rug with a sense of vitality and passion, while deep browns add a grounding warmth to the overall composition. Striking blues interspersed with creamy tones introduce a sense of depth and serenity, creating a harmonious visual symphony that dances across the fabric.

    Its design is a marvel of intricate geometrical patterns, boasting a framework of precise lines and an assortment of symbolic shapes. Each motif bears significance, representing elements deeply rooted in Turkmen culture—perhaps reflections of nature, spirituality, or traditional beliefs. The meticulous weaving of these patterns showcases the expertise and dedication of the skilled artisans who painstakingly brought this masterpiece to life.

    The geometric arrangements on this Tekke rug transcend mere decoration; they narrate a tale of history and culture, embodying the traditions, beliefs, and stories woven into the fabric of Turkmen society. The symmetry and balance in the design beckon the viewer to delve deeper into the complexities of the patterns, revealing the precision and artistry woven into every inch of the rug.

    Beyond its aesthetic allure, this Tekke rug serves as a relic, preserving the artistry, heritage, and symbolism of the Emirate of Bokhara during the early 20th century. Its age lends a sense of reverence, carrying the weight of time while retaining its exquisite beauty—a prized possession for collectors and connoisseurs seeking to embrace the rich cultural heritage encapsulated within its fibres.

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