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Tekke main carpet Turkmenistan, ca. 1800, 7ft. 4 in. x 6ft. 2 in. Lot 11, Azadi Collection, Austrian Auction Company, 19 November, estimate: € 20.000 – 30.000. The ivory ground ‘curled-leaf’ border defines this exceptional carpet as a rare beast. A few other carpets with this border have belonged to two English collectors: the Robert Pinner carpet now in a German private collection, and Neville Kingston’s carpet recently published in Turkmen Carpets (Tsareva, 2015, no.23). The rare secondary diamond gul, and tall main Tekke göls help to convey the multiple layers of the design grid implied by the numerous vertical and horizontal lines that run throughout the composition.

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