Central Asia, West Turkestan The Tekke Khalyk

Second half of 19th century Central Asia, West Turkestan The Tekke Khalyk

Known as khalyks, most of the surviving small-format knotted trappings of this kind were woven by the Tekke tribe. Almost all them are red in ground colour. Common features shared by all khalyks are their U-shape including vertical arms, a lower triangular flap and a fringe, originally present in every example. They differ widely in terms of ornamentation. – During the wedding procession, a khalyk was attached to the small door of the veiled bridal litter and apparently not used once the ceremony was over, but preserved by the family as a textile treasure. The number of surviving khalyks is low; some 70 examples are known. The rarity and beauty of khalyks as well as their appreciation as cult objects of highly symbolic significance among the Turkmen, have made these miniature rugs coveted collector’s pieces. – It is one of the rare with thisa design examples this khalyk appears like a miniature version of a kapunuk.Very well preserved, original sides all around; the fringe is almost complete.Size 70 x 70 cm

Request Information