Yomut main carpet

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Condition Report

Loss of outer guard border both ends. Areas of visible wear,small restorations, holes.


Being sold on behalf of Dr. Robert Emry



5'10" x 8'1"



Drawing is refined and spacing superb in this early Yomut group Turkmen main carpet. Color is saturated and sophisticated. The octagonal quartered ‘guls’ are of the ‘tauk nuska’ variant and include animals, thought to be linked double-headed birds in profile, two in each quadrant. While this gul variant is fairly common among the Yomud, Chodor, and related Turkmen weavers, here it is rendered in a very specific and unusual way. The ‘tauk nuska’ animals are right-side up in the upper half of each gul, and upside down in the lower half giving the the guls rotational symmetry. This means that if any of the guls were rotated 180 degrees they would appear virtually identical. Indeed, the same is the case with the coloration of the guls. This is not the only rare feature of this early Turkmen weaving. Indeed, the minor guls are of a type that are encountered only once within the literature. Five rectangles enclosing eight-pointed stars are arranged in a cruciform pattern with ‘kochak’ rams’ horns extending from both the top and bottom while alternating blue and madder angles extend from the sides. The only other Turkmen main carpet that we could find with these distinctive features is a piece from the Azadi collection that was auctioned in Vienna in 2017. That piece was cataloged as ‘Karadashli’ rather than Yomut. Indeed, both carpets are certainly from the same group. While the term Karadashli has become rather standard nomenclature within German collecting circles the designation remains more controversial internationally.