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About the object
This Ersari Turkoman rug, sometimes also called Beshir, dates to the 19th century and was made in the Amu Darya region of central Asia, most likely by settled Ersaris in the Amu Darya valley. According to Jon Thompson, old weavings of this size and from this area are quite rare.
The design is derived from central Asian silk Ikats (hence the term "Ikat design" that is often applied to these weavings). The colours are typical of Ersari weavings, especially the range of warm reds derived from the madder root and undyed browns.
The wool pile is of the best quality wool, woven on a wool foundation with some goat hair in the warp.
Overall the rug is in excellent condition.
A very similar piece is published in Turkmen and Antique Carpets from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Jon Thompson, the catalogue of the Sotheby's sale of their collection in New York, 16 December 1993, lot number 33. It sold for $2,300 at the time.