Soviet Turkestan (listed in auction catalogue as ESARI) circa 1900. 68cm x 42cm
From the important decorative arts collection of prominent founding South Australian family Warren (Charles) and Bunty (Cynthia) Bonython.
Two GUL types are seen on Yomut weavings. The main GUL is a flattened octagon containing 4 pairs of animals. One is considered to be 'H'-shaped totemic birds - known as TAUK-NUSKA or 'figure of a hen' by the tribe who uses this device as its tribal pattern. The secondary gul is a diamond with projecting hooks. These guls are offset from the rows of main guls and form a diagonal pattern of their own, based on their colouring. (Mokshova, V.G. 1980 'Tribal Gol of Turkoman Carpets' in Turkoman Studies I, ed R. Pinner and M. Frances, London: Oguz Press).
Warp: Mixed brown wool. Weft: brown wool pile. Wool.
Colours (6) Dark red, light red, navy, down, white, yellow
Back: Various browns/greys/beige with coloured patterned border.
Condition: Good. One edge sewn binding has come loose (see photos)
Warren's grandfather was Sir John Langdon Bonython, a politician, philanthropist and founder of the South Australian newspaper The Advertiser. Bunty was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank Young, a prominent Adelaide family. Warren and Bunty's important collection of Persian rugs, carpets and textiles, fine Australian art and European, Asian and Australian antiques was auctioned on 14 May 2014. This collection was a result of a lifetime of travelling and appreciation and support of Australian and international arts and considered an important collection.