Ersari (Turkmen: Ärsary, where Er – brave man, master; sari – light, bright, yellow) are one of the major tribes of the Turkmen people of Central Asia and one of the five major tribes of the country of Turkmenistan. They live mainly in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.. Regarding their rugs and contrary to the custom of the other Turkmen, the Ersaris have no proper gul, or specific tribal motif.
Ersari carpets make more use of yellow than do rugs made by other tribes, and often, in backgrounds, two shades of blue blend or are merged with dark brown in a characteristic fashion.
This antique prayer rug from the Ersari tribe has a super soft and shiny wool. The yellow doted areas and the intense red stand out, all obtained from natural dyes. The black area of the central gul is somewhat worn, but the rest of the rug is in perfect condition. The composition is characterized by three large gules in the central field of the prayer rug. The prayer Mihrab is surmounted by a hook-shaped detail.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 130×85 cms
Origin: Ersari tribe from Afghanistan
Date of weaving: 1900s