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Fri, Feb 13th, 2015 10:10:16 AM
Topic: Design Origination: Part One and Two

By far the most important topic in non-classical oriental rug studies is 'design origination'.

Today it is well acknowledged the old idea 'tribal' (God do we hate that descriptor) i.e. small scale society village and encampment, weavings are all 19th century at best is as outdated as the horse and buggy.

This has been blown completely off the stage, and while there is no real scientific or ethnographically provable documentation to support it only myopic fools and luddites cling to such an outdated concept.

RK has led and for decades been in the forefront in publicly forwarding the fact some very few Anatolian village rugs, along with some Caucasian weavings and Turkmen woven products can be, and are in fact, as old as any Safavid or Ottoman pieces.

It is truly unfortunate no information has yet surfaced to support this fact. But it is, regardless, fact and undeniable.

RK's focus on this topic -- design origination -- is one of the pillars of support we rely on to make our age determination.

And today we decided to publish some information which we believe will interest all collectors of Turkmen weavings, as well as those whose interests are in other regions.

Recently we published this detail of what we consider to be at least a 17th century Turkmen MC.

It is also an exceedingly rare one, as there are very few Timurchin gol carpets. And it is by far the earliest we know.

Of extreme interest is the configuration of minor and tertiary gol shown in this photo.


Think about it for a minute before proceeding to read Part Two.

Author: Great site!
Fri, Feb 13th, 2015 10:10:16 AM

Thanks for all the information. You may be controversial but your depth of knowledge is remarkable. Keep it up!

Author: jc
Fri, Feb 13th, 2015 06:30:51 AM

Part Two

Undoubtedly the most ubiquitous non-gol Turkmen icon is the 'flowering tree'.

It is found on chuval, torba, engsi, tentband and MC.

There are many forms, but all are easily recognizable as related versions (of some archetype).

Details of two versions of the 'flowering tree' icon from unpublished Tekke engsi; early Classic period; RK collection;

These two details show the typical format (above) and a less seen one (below).

We chose them for no special reason, as many other versions would have been as easily located.

Now then we are sure most if not all readers will have already realized the association these 'flowering trees' icons have with the combination of 'memling style' minor gol and unique tertiary tree that both appear on our ex-collection archaic period Saryk Timurchin gol MC.

This relationship seems to us to be a no-brainer; the 'flowering tree' a direct descendant of the Saryk iconography.

BTW: The two 'flowering trees' we illustrate come from very early Tekke engsi, ones we would chronologically date to the early 18th century, i.e. early Classic period.

The iconographic distance between them and the Saryk MC version shows what we believe to be a conservative time span of at least 100 years, making the Saryk MC 17th century. Frankly, we would not be surprised to eventually find out it is even earlier.

In conclusion, we could go on pointing out important related details from various other both earlier and later 'flowering trees' designs and the archetypal version on this Saryk MC.

However, we would prefer readers, both those who agree or disagree with our position, to do some research on their own.

RK would also be glad to see some responses.

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