Several weeks ago a Tekke engsi of an unusual and rare type appeared on Ebay.
We learned of this after being alerted to the listing by one of our friends.
We have a standing agreement with several different people, and he is one of them, that if we purchase an item after being alerted to it by them we will pay them a quite liberal commission.
That is how we learned of the engsi listing, which included by the way the Ebay seller using some quotes and a photo from the Weaving Art Museum’s Turkmen exhibition where a similar but much earlier engsi is illustrated. (http://www.weavingartmuseum.org/exh3_3.htm)
That’s exactly how things went down – we were informed of the Ebay listing and the fact it had some info and a photo from WAMRI, we decided to buy the ensi, we bought it and then paid our informant his commission.
There was nothing fishy or clandestine about our purchase regardless of what that rug idiot, professor steev price, has tried to imply.
Soon thereafter one of his romper room rug chat buddies, louisdub, posted several photos of the ensgi on clownland’s chatboard, taken from the Ebay listing, and began chattering about it.
The chatter, which varied from inane to semi-conscious, focused on several of the more unusual features this engsi displays, particularly the motif used in the lower elem:
elem motif from the Ebay Tekke Engsi
Notwithstanding the typically erroneous accusations professor clown has made concerning our alleged clandestine “involvement” in this sale and other equally as stupid ones, the “discussion” the posting of our purchase in clownland elicited can only be characterized as more of the same from the bunch of rug fools that circle around there like flies over an open sewer pipe.
One thing, though, that even they noticed concerns the rarity of this design, whether used as an elem motif or in any other manner.
John Lewis wrote into RugKazbah the other day and said he has a Turkmen piece, but not an engsi, with that same design also used in the elem and asked us for some comments.
We asked John to send us photos of his piece and the elem and today we received the following photo:
motif elem motif from J. Lewis
The similarity is easily spotted but there are some differences that become apparent when they are carefully viewed.
We will be glad to write a bit about this comparison soon but hope until we do some readers might want to add their comments.
So, as soon as we have some more free time we will revisit this thread, until then enjoy thinking about this.