The owner of this rather unimpressive, worn out Kizil Ayak rug must believe Shakespeare didn’t know what he was talking about - you know the old rose by any other name soliloquy. However both you and I, astute readers, know Willy was right and this guy is wrong.
Lately it seems some dealers, especially a few from Germany, suffer from the delusion wishin’ and hopin’ disease that causes them to totally disregard the facts and make up silly attributions like this one.
Calling this a “Turkmen ensi” is just plain foolish – there is not one aspect of this boring, late 19th century “rug” that even vaguely resembles what an ensi is all about. To add further evidence this dealer’s ploy is ridiculous, his having entitled the sale a “Turkmen Ensi With Kizil Ayak Signature” is even more laughable.
Did he think by calling it an “ensi” it would magically transform it into one? Did he think making up such a absurd title would make this mediocrity become desirable to a buyer or is he so out to lunch to believe it really is an ensi?
Everything about this online listing is erroneous, like the owner saying “This is a very unusual and rare turkoman(sic) weaving”. Far, far from it is the truth but to his credit he did get one thing right – “condition: poor”.
One last comment – the row of ‘jufti knots” he describes as “A very unusual knotting(sic), knot over 4 warps is sometimes found in kizil(sic) Ayak pieces, like here.”:
(shown in the detail above where the > points them out) demonstrates this dealer has sharp eyesight. But too bad his rug knowledge and expertise is so far from 20/20. Better would have been to call them “jufti knots” and to realize this somewhat aberrant structural feature does appear in a number of later Kizil Ayak weavings, as well as other groups, particularly the Yomud. These knots almost always appear near the top and bottom of the weaving and, frankly, they have absolutely no meaning or import other than to strengthen the weaving and make the work go faster.
Was this the Kizil Ayak signature he mentioned? If so RK.com suggests he start looking for ‘autographs’ elsewhere, after first making sure he knows what the signature he is trying to bag looks like.