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"Eagle Group" Asmalyk Rippon Boswell
"Eagle Group" Asmalyk Rippon Boswell

  Rautenstengel Eagle Group II Main Carpet Rippon-Boswell lot 21

Rautenstengel Eagle Group II Main Carpet Rippon-Boswell lot 21

Eagle Group/Fine Brown Yomut

The Allen Late 18th Century Eagle Gull Torba
The Allen Late 18th Century Eagle Gull Torba

The Thompson Fine Brown Yomut Chuval
The Thompson Fine Brown Yomut Chuval

The Rautenstengel Eagle Group Turkmen criteria

  • Group I: 3- and 4-ply pile yarn. Asymmetrical knot open to the left. Wool weft with at least one silk weft shoot, usually dyed red. Dark red-brown field color. Primary gul is similar to Moshkova's LIX,3. (Seven carpets listed and illustrated.)
  • Group II: 2-ply pile yarn. Asymmetrical knot open to the right. Wool weft with at least one cotton (not silk) weft shoot. Medium red-brown field color. Primary gul is similar to Moshkova's LIX,6. (Eleven carpets listed; ten illustrated.)
  • Group III: 3-ply pile yarn. Asymmetrical knot open to the left. Wool weft; may or may not have silk or cotton shoots. Dark aubergine field color. Primary gul is similar to Moshkova's LIX,6. (Three carpets listed and illustrated.)
  • In addition, there are seven possibly related main carpets listed that differ from Groups I through III by at least one key trait. None has silk weft shoots, and two are woven with symmetrical knots. Golklan-Tukmenen und ihreTeppiche
Aija Blitte Collection torba

The Aija Blitte Collection torba

I was a bit surprised to see this on Hali.com:
"Turkmen 'eagle-göl' group I torba or trapping (detail), late 18th or early 19th century. Approx. 1.20 x 0.60m (4'0"" x 2'0"").Aija Blitte Collection, Washington DC (International Hajji Baba Society)"

This piece is very familiar to me, it has been shown around town extensively. I would not have thought it that old. As a lucky find this was charming but "late 18th or early 19th" in Hali? What this really points to is the ongoing conundrum in the study of Oriental rugs. Older rugs tend to "better" so some extrapolate that a better piece is older. The Blitte Collection piece is a nice piece. Must we then date it early on the basis of quality. I suggest not. There is no reason why such a nice piece could not be 100 years latter. Why not "late 19th or early 20th"? Why not in deed?

'Eagle-gül' group torba
'Eagle-gül' group torba
Seen on Cloudband
Another rarity was an 'Eagle-gül' group torba (13; pl.113) with twelve octagons containing large birds flanked by smaller animals. The design was first noticed on a drawing of a khalyk in the Fine Arts Museum, Ashkhabad. Similar torbas were published in Turkmen, pl.57 and in Hali 87, p.130, where it was advertised by James Blackmon (= Sotheby's New York, 4 June 1988, lot 103).
http://www.cloudband.com/frames.mhtml/magazine/articles/rev_kaffel_kings_p4_1199.html

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J. Barry O'Connell Jr.

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