Ersari Tent Main Carpet

Ersari tent main carpet
middle Amu Darya, Turkmenistan
circa 1860
Size: 293 x 214 cm

The Ersari were one of eight or so different tribes of the Turkmen people who inhabited the area that is now part of the independent states of Turkestan and Uzbekistan as well as northern Afghanistan.
The principal motif in most Turkoman artefacts is the ‘gul’, an octagonal medallion repeated in a grid across the field of the rug.
In the 19th century there were seven or eight different Turkmen tribes who used the ‘gul’ as a kind of totem particularly in their main tent carpets.
This beautiful carpet belongs to an somewhat earlier group of weavings with the composition comprising just two rows of quite large lobed ‘guls’ and lots of ivory used in the border.