The turkmen are people who speak a language belonging to the southwestern branch of the Turkic languages. The majority live in Turkmenistan and in neighbouring parts of Central Asia and numbered more than 6 million at the beginning of the 21st century. About one-third of the total population lives in Iran, especially in the north, and another 500,000 live in northeastern and northwestern Afghanistan. These groups are called the Transcaspian Turkmen. Pockets of Turkmen are found in northern Iraq and Syria. Smaller groups live in central Turkey. The territory of the Turkmen is generally arid. They were by tradition a nomadic pastoral people, living in tent villages and raising sheep, goats, horses, camels, asses, and cattle.
This antique rug was woven by ethnic Turkmen women with soft and shinny wool. The pile is long and all the dyes are natural. With some colourful touches in yellow and blue. In mint condition.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 187×109 cms
Origin: Turkmen tribe, Afganistan
Date of weaving: 1940s