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»  10. Akhal Teke dowry mat

Ca. 1875. Size: 4 ft. 2 in. x 3 ft. 7 in.

Akhal Teke dowry mat

Full front view

Front close up detail of Teke gö:ls

Back side close up showing horizontal Akhal Teke knots


 »  Technical Description
Structure:  15 x 20 = 300 asymmetrical kpsi (width/height ratio of 1½:2), pulled open to the right with flat warps and single shoot invisible weft viewed from the back. All wool foundation and knots. Small amounts of white silk in field. All wool foundation and knots. Flat weave natural wool webbing on top and bottom still intact.

Use:  Brides to be and other women in her family wove dowry sets consisting of bags, rugs and trappings for use during and after marriage and often were chosen as brides for their skill in weaving their utilitarian textiles. This type of mat was most likely used by the bride to sit on during her reception.

Ornamentation:  18 classic tall Teke gö:ls, 3 columns of 6 each. Lower and upper apron show a modified dyrnak gül pattern. Main border has a star and octagon motif (Teke starburst) flanked by giyak stripes and those are followed by a pair of gochak minor guard borders each enclosed by a giyak stripe or pole. E-shape darak comb motifs in the main border.

Provenance:   Akhal oasis area.

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