An asmalyk recently on e-bay also
has the hanging cords extant and attached in a similar fashion, sewn-on
rather than as an extension of the warps. A search of asmalyk images also
shows this feature, although most older pieces are missing the outer edges
The attached outer cord with hanging-cords and tassels
indicates the hanging-functionality of these types of weavings. This
surrounding, attached cord would have the advantage of imparting greater
strength to these weavings when used on an animal during travel. The added
cords would not put a strain on the pile part of the weavings.
engsi does not seem to have this, although they also are not known to have
tassels, either. So either the engsi was not traditionally used for
hanging, or it was just not used as a trapping on horses, camels or
donkeys as were dizlyks and asmalyks.
Richard Wright does not discuss
this feature in his article on the engsi:www.richardewright.com/0406_engsi.html
the discussion around to the original intent of the salon, a Saryk torba,
plate 29, in the Uwe Jourdan book Turkomen shows this feature of a cord
attached at each upper corner which would indicate a use as a
He discusses the kejebe design as possibly panniers used on
camels, the wedding chair or howdah on the wedding camel and a
representation of ancient cult altars. He notes the added flat-woven
strips and fringes are common on Saryk trappings.
There are Tekke engsi
with hanging loops, but not the added cords, at the top corners, plates 57
A Tekke torba, plate 78, "retains its added fringes, side cords
and two-colored top cords for hanging".
Yomut engsi show the long warps
at each top corner, possibly for cords, on plate 141 and plate 144 shows
one remaining cord, but also no added cords.
Back to the Chodor, plate
228 shows the attached side cords, hanging cords and tassels.
appears that weavings designed for use as trappings often had these added
cords or strengtheners and those whose major use was different may have
warp-cords, but not the added pieces.
These additions may have been
removed when trappings were sold, or as they became damaged. There may be
no way to tell at this late date whether your torba originally had