GIFT FOR LIFE
There is no house in Turkmenistan that does not have a national carpet for home decor. Moreover, families maintaining traditional lifestyle boast a great many carpets. That is why carpets are one of the most popular goods in the country. People eagerly buy a lot of them. There are dozens of special shops in the capital city of the country with the great assortment of carpets in terms of their size and ornament.
A salesperson of such shop has sufficient knowledge to explain to a customer the distinctive features and quality characteristics of a carpet. Every company shop provides a special quality certificate for a handmade carpet. It is very convenient for the guests of the Turkmen capital who plan to return home from Ashgabat with a priceless souvenir in their luggage. Such a personal certificate automatically lifts the existing customs restrictions on exports of carpet products.
At the same time, there are no restrictions on exports of carpet craftworks, such as telephone mats, carpet handbags and even carpet cases for mobile phones.
If you buy a computer in a store, you get a one-year warranty. If you buy a car, you get a three-year warranty. Buying a Turkmen carpet comes with a lifetime warranty. It means that your children and grandchildren will also enjoy it. A properly made carpet will retain its highest quality for many years to come. Moreover, the carpet surface will become even more tender and silky over time.
As is known, Turkmen carpets were often exhibited in many cities of Russia and European countries starting from the late XIX century. In 1891, carpets from Transcaspia were exhibited at the Imperial History Museum, where the Empress bought one of them. On 19 May 1891, a telegram was sent from Moscow to Askhabad: "Their Majesties graced the exhibition by their presence. Her Majesty bought a Merv carpet."
Turkmen carpets were exhibited at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900; at the agricultural exhibition in Tashkent in 1909-1910 (where Klych Murad Ahmed-ogly was awarded a gold medal for an excellent carpet, while others were presented with robes); at the handicraft exhibition in St. Petersburg in March-April 1913; at the Berlin exhibition in 1914-1915. In 1937, Turkmen carpets were awarded a gold prize in Paris and a bronze medal in Brussels in 1958.
Fifty-five magnificent Turkmen carpets from the private collections of McCoy Jones, George Mayer and Arthur Jenkins were exhibited in Washington in 1963. In January-March 1966, an exhibition of Turkmen carpets was also held at the Museum of Art of the Harvard University.
Turkmen carpets were awarded gold medals at the Leipzig fair in 1965, 1966 and 1977. The art historian and collector, Arminiy Felkersam, was totally right when he wrote "As for the Turkmen carpets, they are indisputably more beautiful than all the others... Only those who had a chance to feast their eyes on the luxurious color of old Turkmen carpets, who was fascinated by the charm of these amazing products and felt the spirit conveyed by their harmony, subtlety and silky shine would understand the beauty of these usually small-sized products, perfected by centuries-old skills. They may be deep-red carpets with silky, ivory and scarlet rose-colored ornaments or matte carpets, as if haze-covered, with the same white color and interspersed with blue on the brown-red background, or shining with its rich-red tone covered with a large stylish ornament, or, finally, decorated with colorful strips on almost white background."
Nowadays, it is not an easy task to find a genuine Turkmen carpet outside Turkmenistan. Only a true expert and connoisseur will be able to identify a real, outwardly unpretentious ornament, which, nevertheless, is well-known both to persons of royal blood and world celebrities...
Indeed, those who chose a real Turkmen carpet would never regret it. Moreover, when buying a carpet, one gets both a work of art sanctified by centuries-old traditions and a piece of heat of the Turkmen land.