Dated: Early 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 106cms / 3.5 feet Width: 58cms / 1.9 feet
Torkoman rugs are handmade mostly in north-western and eastern Iran, but can sometimes found to be from parts of Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Syria, and other parts of the Caucasus.The beauty of these weavings is primarily why many are attracted to Torkaman pieces. The history, beliefs and way of life of the Turkmen people are all of great importance to their art. Turkmen rugs, therefore, with their distinctive palettes, motifs and compositions, are not merely examples of a strange and exotic folk art but represent a highly complex and historical culture.
Here we have an extraordinary piece, that doesn't follow any of the more traditional patterns yet is packed full of symbols, imagery and primarily the wonder of that natural world. Four wild beasts dominate the main deep blue field, with both pairs facing each other; perhaps in some kind of confrontation. The symbolism here is so rich that it may be difficult to fully understand. The tree of life seems to figure throughout the piece, with various rosettes and flowers; all depicting growth. Vast arrays of colours have been used in this piece, and it is very well drawn. The craftsman in question certainly had a wild imagination, and an eye for detail. A real one-off.