Galerie Turkmen

»  3. Saryk Türkmen kejebelyk

Ca. 1885. Size: 4 ft. 1½ in. x 1 ft. 6 in.

Saryk Türkmen kejebelyk

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»  Technical Description
Structure:  15 x 20 = 300 asymmetrical knots per sq. in. with a width/height ration of 1:1.3, pulled open to the left. Completely depressed warps create heavy ribbing from the back. Invisible single weft shoot. All wool foundation. Top and bottom web folded over, under and sewn. One worn row of pulled multicolored yarns on top. Kejebelyk woven with reverse pile direction indicating two were woven at the same time on the loom so pile direction is reversed on one of the two pieces woven.

Use:  Decorative, apotropaic.

Ornamentation: 5 repeated kejebe gö:ls in the field. The kejebe motif, lending its name to the piece itself, refers to the small canopy mounted on the camel in which the bride, hidden from view, makes her way to the bridegroom's family home. There are 7 borders as follows: the center field is surrounded by a soldat border then a khamtoz border and flanked again by a soldat border all outlined by ala ja stripes. Next a kyrk gochak main border (hooked cruciforms with X crosses or naldag) is flanked by soldat minor guard borders on both sides each lined with ala ja stripes. Finally, another (repeated diamond pattern) khamtoz border flanked by soldat borders lined with ala ja stripes gives way to a large Yashil gochak border and the top (width only) border is a giyak border.

Provenance:  Pende oasis area, south of Merv, southern Turkestan, close to the Afghan border.

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