The Freud Museum

Azmalyk carpet

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Azmalyk carpet,

This small carpet covers a table in Freud's study.  Displayed on the table is a coffin mask from an Egyptian mummy, which faces the couch so that the reclining patient looks directly at it.

Regarded as the finest piece in the collection, it is an asmalyk woven by a Turkoman tribe, the Tekke nomads who range from the Caspian Sea as far as Afghanistan. The word asmalyk describes a five-sided rug which was one of a pair intended to cover both sides of the lead camel in a wedding procession. The wool has a fine silky texture, and the pattern constructed from the shapes of stylised birds occurs only rarely.

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