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Old November 9th, 2018, 03:18 PM   #1
Pierre Galafassi
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Hi all,

As some of you may have noticed, I have a keen interest in Turkmen affairs, which made me read or browse through about 40 reports (available on-line) written by 19th century visitors.

I have been looking mainly for informations about these tribe’s carpets, history and sociology.

While often deeply frustrated by the limited interest shown for rugs by European visitors, even by those who spent several years with Turkmen, like O’Donovan, Burnes, de Blocqueville or Alikhanoff, it was often possible to identify in their reports radical contradictions with some fairy tales still popular in Rugdom literature. As well as cases of abusive quotations by known bloggers.

As this site is famous for being a den of irreducible Turkomaniacs, I figured that some may be interested by the notes I made while reading all these reports, even though they are probably a trifle too much focused on my own centers of interest.

Below, you will find notes concerning a choice of 20 visitor’s reports, from Mouraviev’s 1819-1820 journey, to Sykes’ in 1922. They are complemented with a map of Turkmenistan around 1885.
The reader may also give a look to Salon 132: Locations of Major Turkmen Tribes (16th to 19th Centuries). http://www.turkotek.com/salon_00132/salon.html.

It is quite likely that nineteenth century Russian visitors have left interesting reports too. The first Governor of Trans-Caspian province, General Aleksandr Vissarionovich Komarov, for example was said to be a true connoisseur of rugs and keen collector of Turkmen- and Caucasian artifacts. It would be great if a Turkoteker fluent in Russian would find and browse through such a report and share his notes with us in this thread.

best regards

Location of Turkmen tribes around 1885

1. Mouraviev 1819-1820.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm... 1819-1820.pdf

2. Fraser 1821-1822.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm... 1821-1822.pdf

3. Burnes 1831-1832.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm... 1831-1832.pdf

4. Abbot 1843.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...Abbot 1843.pdf

5. Ferrier 1844.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...rrier 1844.pdf

6. de Blocqueville 1860-1861.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm... 1860-1861.pdf

7. Vambery 1865.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...mbery 1865.pdf

8. Mac Gahan 1876.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...Gahan 1876.pdf

9. Schuyler 1877.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...uyler 1877.pdf

10. O'Donovan 1879-1881.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkmen/10. O'Donovan 1879-1881.pdf

11. Marvin 1881-1885.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm... 1881-1885.pdf

12. Capus et Bonvalot.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...t Bonvalot.pdf

13. Steward 1882.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...eward 1882.pdf

14. Moser 1883-1884.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm... 1883-1884.pdf

15. Boulangier 1888.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...ngier 1888.pdf

16. de Cholet 1889.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...holet 1889.pdf

17. 0lufsen 1896-1899.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm... 1896-1899.pdf

18. Dudin 1901 quoted by Tzareva.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...by Tzareva.pdf

19. Meakin 1903.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...eakin 1903.pdf

20. Sykes 1922.pdf http://www.turkotek.com/Pierre_Turkm...Sykes 1922.pdf
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