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Old January 10th, 2018, 04:03 PM   #1
Alexander Bakker
Join Date: Jan 2018
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Default Uncommon Tekke Germech or Torba?

Dear Turkoteks, I recently acquired a small Tekke rug which puts some questions to me. I've handled quite a few Turkmen pieces, but this one doesn't open up. So any help is welcome. My feeling is it is rare and old, but I may be mistaken. I'd like to draw attention to these points.

1. Drawing. The guls are different from other Tekke guls I've seen. The middle is 'thin', and the orientation of the arms is outward, instead of gripping inward. Viewed in dark conditions, they remind me of stylized Herati motifs, which James Opie opinions as the source of all Turkmen gulls. The drawing seems indicative of considerable age.

2. Patination. The wool is extremely patinated. Despite several careful and meticulous washings, the white wool remains yellow. The colors are still vibrant and sparkle.

3. Knots. The knots are extremely small and square. There are several techniques used, with knots open to the left and right (depending on color), giving the piece a somewhat patchy appearance.

4. Wefts. The wefts are extremely thin, like threads.

5. Use. The piece never seems to have been used as a bag, judging from the way the kilim at the back has been finished. The finishing (loose knots) at the underside is also unexpected in a bag. Could this have been a Germech?

Any thoughts and opinions are very welcome, I'm very interested. Kind regards, Alexander

Last edited by Filiberto Boncompagni2; January 10th, 2018 at 05:03 PM.
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