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Central Asia, Turkmenistan (Tekke)
Late 19th century

The Textile Museum 1986.29.1
Bequest of Alvin W. Pearson
108 x 70 inches

The medallion that is repeated throughout the central field of this carpet is called a Tekke gul named after one of the largest Turkmen tribes in Central Asia in the late 19th century. Carpets considered Tekke in style are easy to recognize. Typical features include patterns of medallions on a red ground with a pronounced rectangular grid.

Typically, each gul is divided into quarters of contrasting colors. Although its form is based upon horizontal and vertical reflection, color alternation brings an inherent rotational symmetry into play.

The main border of this carpet shows a delight in symmetry-breaking with many variations of border patterns.

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