Teke: Tekke Turkmen, the major population group of Turkmenistan. Although elements of the tribe still migrated with their flocks until the Soviet era, most of them were sedentary during the 20th century. Their rugs are the most easily identifiable among the Turkmen, as the quartered gul (characteristic motif) of their larger carpets has become something of a trademark of the tribe and has frequently been copied in other rug weaving areas. Blue lines join gul centers with smaller figures between the guls. Tekke rugs almost always show various shades of red as a field color and are all wool except for patches of pink silk on some of the earlier pieces. The best of them are the most finely woven of Turkmen rugs, with short pile and lustrous wool.
Soumak (Soumakh or Sumac): This refers both to the carpets made with the Soumak technique and the technique itself. Primarily practiced in the eastern Caucasus Mountains, this technique produces a flat-woven carpet, using weft wrapping in which wefts are pulled over then wrapped under a series of warps. The result is a herringbone like weave.
Soumak Rugs are available in our gallery. Please call for details. Kismet Fine Rugs (307) 739-8984