Tekke Kapunuk

Tekke Kapunuk Carpets & Rugs Examples

Tent door surrounds (kapunuks) with an ivory ground and a curling serrated leaf design found here appear in the repertoire of the Salor, Saryk and Tekke tribes of the Turkmen. Tekke examples related to the present lot include Thompson, Jon and Louise Mackie, Turkmen Tribal Carpets and Traditions, Washington, D.C. 1980, fig. 46 and Sotheby’s New York, 5 November 1983, lot 176; and Sotheby’s New York, 10-11 April 1981, lot 184.

Sale: N08326 | Location: New York
Auction Dates: Session 1: Wed, 06 Jun 07 10:00 AM
LOT 14
6,000—9,000 USD
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium: 7,200 USD
approximately 4ft. by 2ft.10in. (1.22 by 0.86m.)
third quarter 19th century

A Tekke Turkmen Tent-Door Decoration (Kapunuk)

Turkmenistan 19th century, Blue silk highlights, very minor moth damage, complete original end finishes and fringes, two small patches at the joints for the arms. Approximately 2 ft. 1 in. by 3 ft. by 9 in. (089 by 114 cm)

Lot 14
Sotheby’s Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets

New York Saturday 12/16/93

est. $ 5,000 – 7,000

Sold for $7,188


Provenance: The collection of Dr. and Mrs. Jon Thompson

Sotheby’s Auctions » Fine Rugs and Carpets, including Islamic Textiles » lot 63

Sale L03760
A Tekke kapunuk
West Turkestan
London, Bond Street 8,000—12,000 GBP Session 1
30 Apr 03 2:00 PM
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium: 9,000 GBP
113 by 97cm., 3ft. 9in. by 3ft. 2in.
first half 19th century
Turkmens covered the outside of the yurt door with a special carpet called the ensi, such as lot 62 in this catalogue. The inside of the door frame was covered with a hanging such as this lot known as the kapunuk, Moshkova, V., G., Carpets of the People of Central Asia, Tucson, 1996, p.47.

The uncrowded character of the curled leaf design in the present lot is consistent with early Tekke weaving. For a related kapunuk see Moshkova, op.cit., p.47, fig.4. Both pieces are unusual in the fact that the ends of the arms terminate in triangular points instead of the more usual straight ends.

For Further Reading:Tekke Kapunuk West Turkestan first half 19th century