Antique Tekke Turkmen Chuval

Circa 1890
West Turkestan
116 cm x 70
3'9" x 2'3"

A very finely woven antique Tekke Turkmen Chuval with thirty guls is a type of finely woven Central Asian textile that originates from the Tekke Turkmen tribe, known for their exceptional weaving skills and intricate designs. The term “chuval” refers to a small, rectangular bag traditionally used for storing and transporting household items, particularly by nomadic Turkmen tribes.

These textiles are typically woven using a flat-weave technique, creating a thin and flexible fabric with a smooth surface. The weavers use a combination of wool and occasionally silk, resulting in a durable yet lustrous material. One of the distinguishing features of Tekke chuvals is the intricate design elements.

The Tekke people often incorporate geometric patterns, stylized floral motifs, and repeating symbols into their textiles. These designs are not merely decorative but often carry cultural and symbolic significance, reflecting the rich heritage and traditions of the Tekke tribe.

The colour palette of Tekke chuvals is usually dominated by deep reds, blues, and ivory tones. The bold and vibrant colors are achieved through the use of natural dyes, derived from local plants and minerals. This adds to the charm of Tekke chuvals, as the colors age gracefully over time, developing a unique patina that enhances their aesthetic appeal.

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