Yomut asmalyk

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Tribal Rugs

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Border loss three side, utilitarian wrapping along bottom edge, small holes.


Being sold on behalf of Dr. Robert Emry



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Pendant-shaped camel trappings, known as “asmalyks,” are one of the most iconic object forms of Turkmen domestic weaving from Central Asia. Most of pile asmalyks are the products of Yomut Turkmen weavers, and the majority of these pieces draw a lattice pattern on a white ground. Generally speaking, the lattice pattern seen on these Yomut camel trappings are formed from abstracted serrated leaves, leaving cells of “ashik”-shaped negative space. These spaces are then each filled with a smaller stepped ashik element, sometimes (though not always) linked by thin, vertical barber-pole lines. This rare and exceptional early Yomut asmalyk displays two unconventional but very pleasing characteristics. Most notably, the lattice is filled with red rather than white. Secondly, while a first variety of stepped ashik is drawn in the center of each cell formed within the lattice on either side of a vertical pole, a second variety of ashik is drawn along the vertical pole at the point where the latter crosses the lattice. In order to accommodate this second ashik-type element, the leaves of the lattice must be both lifted and lowered in position in deference to this second ashik type. This creates a more elongated cell of negative space. The result is a highly pleasing and unusual set of spacial relationships within the field. Complementing the rich madder-red field is a while main border that spaciously draws a third variant of ashik.