The Turkmen

Turkmen Trapping
Central Asia, 18th or 19th Century
124.5 x 53.3 cm (49 x 21 in)
Wool pile
Kurt Munkacsi & Nancy Jeffries

By the time of her wedding, a young Turkmen woman will have woven the basic furnishings, such as storage bags, door rug, and large floor carpet, to furnish the tent in which she and her future husband will live. Of particular importance were the weavings for use on her wedding day, including pairs of large trappings for the decoration of the camel on which she will ride, concealed beneath a covered litter, to meet her husband’s family. This is a splendid example of such a trapping; its tribal origin is unknown.


Turkmen Trapping