The shaded rich rust-red field with five columns of ten temirdchen guls divided by hooked stepped lozenge guls and with occasional minor floral and animal motifs in the field, in an ivory border of stepped lozenges containing minor lozenges forming cruciforms between polychrome triangle and lozenge stripes, early 19th century, some areas of slight wear, a few old repairs, slight loss at each end, replaced selvedges
8ft. x 7ft.4in. (244cm. x 224cm.)

Lot Essay

There appear to be two variants of Saryk carpets found which use the Temirdchen gul. The first has a small juval gul as its minor gul and uses the typical Saryk naldag lozenge panel border (Grote-Hasenbalg, W.: Der Orientteppich, seine Geschichte und seine Kultur, Berlin, 1922, Vol.3, no.94; Eskenazi, J.: L'Arte del Tapetto Orientale, Mailand, 1983, no.24; Rippon Boswell & Co.: Seltene antike und alte Orientteppiche, Wiesbaden 10 November 1990, lot 151; Mackie, L.W. and Thompson, J.: Turkmen Tribal Carpets and Traditions, Washington D.C., 1980, pl.16, p.84 (fragment), Pinner, R.: The Rickmers Collection - Turkoman Rugs, Berlin, 1993, no.1, p.22 (fragment)). The second variant, to which the present lot belongs, has a 'Memling' hooked lozenge gul as its secondary ornament and a border of cruciform panels also used by the Salor (Volkmann, M.: Alte Orientteppiche - Ausgewählte Stücke deutscher Privatsammlungen, Munich, 1985, no.82, p.200; Loges, W.: Turkoman Tribal Rugs, Atlantic Highlands, 1980, no.24, p.49; Wie Blumen in der Wüste, exhibition catalogue, Hamburg, 1993, no.104, p.156). Two pieces show variations on the above. A carpet in the McCoy-Jones Collection has the Memling minor gul coupled with the naldag border (Tent and Town, exhibition catalogue, San Francisco, 1982, no.6, p.5), while a fragment in Berlin shows not only this combination, but also includes a 'Memling' motif as the central feature of each gul (Pinner, R.: The Rickmers Collection - Turkoman Rugs, Berlin, 1993, no.2, p.23.)

A very few knots in the lower part of this carpet have been worked in both pink silk and pink cotton, a feature apparently unknown in this group of main carpets (Loges) but found in other Saryk weavings. The pink cotton is particularly rare.

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