663. a monumental antique Engsi or Hatchlu rug

Antique Hatchlu Ensi or Engsi Turkoman rug

663. Provenance: Tekke Turkoman tribe, Turkmenistan, Central Asia

Size: 137 x 110 cm

Age: Circa 1890

Condition: Very good for age, indicating that it has been used on a wall, not the floor. Very minor patches of wear on reverse.

Notes: 'Ensi or Engsi' means 'door curtain' in the language of the Turkomans. It is unsure where the cruciform design developed, but it may have been influenced by Imperial Russia's Christian crosses, although it is more likely that it merely represents the typical cruciform shape in a wooden door. This would have hung at the entrance of the tribal yurt or tent, and would unlikely have been used anywhere else, although this example has what appears to be a 'mirhab' at one end, indicative of prayer rugs. However it may be representing the arch of a doorway, again emphasising its purpose. This piece is typically finely woven in natural dyes, predominant of which is madder. A stunning example of a highly collectable tribal piece of woven furniture.

sold Tina Dooley-Jones (USAID) 06.10.14