Khanate of Bokhara long rug
Middle Amu Darya, Turkmenistan
Size: 254 x 120 cm
Initially thought to have been made by tribal Ersari people for use in the tent, these carpets known as Beshir are now considered the products of tribal looms intended for use in the houses of a patronising elite in nearby Bokhara. Such pieces have more recently been referred to as Khanate of Bokhara carpets and are the only Turkmen large carpets which do not show the gul (octagonal motif) as the principal element of design.
This piece displays single split palmette motifs arranged vertically in the field.