Antique Islamic Turkmen Horse Saddle Cover Turkoman Horse Blanket 19th century
Antique, 19th century, Islamic, Central Asian horsemen, Turkmen Nomads, Yomut, horse blanket - horse saddle cover. Hand woven wool (flat weave) in traditional Yomut pattern, heavy dark brown felt is lined to the underside. Such covers were woven to adorn, but especially to protect, their steeds from the freezing winds and the severe temperature of the steppe; they are warm, wrapping-round covers, executed in warp faced technique to make them thick and closely worked. In addition they are lined with warm felt. Their trapezoidal shape is traditional to this area. The two pectorals are partly detached from the back part for better molding on the horse’s body.
THE SADDLE, WHICH IS ON THE PICTURE, IS A PROP AND IS NOT INCLUDED WITH THE HORSE COVER.
CONDITION: This horse cover is an authentic antique Turkoman horse cover, and not a modern tourist piece, the cover was well used so it is worn and dirty with some torn spots on the border and in the felt lining.
Colors may differ slightly with items in pictures, due to lighting conditions, and color settings of different computers.
MEASUREMENTS: 151 cm x 142 cm ((59 1/2 inches x 56 inches).
1. Cavalieri D’Oriente by Taher Sabahi Milano- Palazzo Della Regione 1992.
2. Tapis d,Oriente by J Thompson Düsseldorf 1984.
This type of the Turkmen horse blanket, with similar pattern, had been used in 17th century Safavid Iran and is documented on the 17th century Persian miniature. Please view the link below:
Link to the site with Turcoman trappings: