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Turkmen Belt(?)/Band, Ersari (?) group, 19th century, middle Amu Darya region of Central Asia, 2” x 2’11”

Assigning attributions of some Turkmen textiles is problematic and the origin of this example may not  ...
Turkmen Belt(?)/Band, Ersari (?) group, 19th century, middle Amu Darya region of Central Asia, 2” x 2’11”

Assigning attributions of some Turkmen textiles is problematic and the origin of this example may not  ...
Turkmen Belt(?)/Band, Ersari (?) group, 19th century, middle Amu Darya region of Central Asia, 2” x 2’11”

Assigning attributions of some Turkmen textiles is problematic and the origin of this example may not  ...
Turkmen Belt(?)/Band, Ersari (?) group, 19th century, middle Amu Darya region of Central Asia, 2” x 2’11”

Assigning attributions of some Turkmen textiles is problematic and the origin of this example may not  ...
Turkmen Belt(?)/Band, Ersari (?) group, 19th century, middle Amu Darya region of Central Asia, 2” x 2’11”

Assigning attributions of some Turkmen textiles is problematic and the origin of this example may not be immediately apparent. This textile is no exception. The stitch, while not exclusive to the Ersari, seems to be their work in this case. The looser nature of the stitch is indicative of the Ersari rather than one of the other Turkmen groups, ie. the Tekke, Yomut.

The palette is unusual, as many Ersari embroideries are typified by the prolific use of red and green. This palette is is darker with a dark aubergine, a dark blue with a more commonly seen red, green and yellow. Given the tonality of the colors, it may be possible to assign this embroidery to the Ersari of the middle Amu Darya region, from where rugs of a not dissimilar palette come.

Whether it is a belt or a band (the only difference being for what purpose it was used) is unimportant for the most part. There is an original finish at one end with a small loop of green silk that could be hooked around a small button or hook, suggesting it was perhaps used as a belt.

The colors are all derived from natural dyes. The condition is immaculate with not a stitch out of place, mint condition as some would say.