Renaissance Rug Cleaning lends its logo from the Turkman tribes of central Asia and is admittedly one of our favorite types of rugs and textiles.
Who are the Turkmen?
Traditionally the Turkmen were a nomadic and semi-nomadic ethnic group living in central Asia and today inhabit the countries of Turkmenistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Caucasus, and northern Pakistan. The Turkmen comprise of a number of sub-tribal groups tribes are Tekke, Yomut, Ersari, Choudur, and Saryk. The most numerous are the Tekke, and our logo or Gul is from an old Tekke design from the late 18th to early19th century.
The Nomadic Turkmen were herdsmen breeding horses and sheep moving often to provide their flock's fresh ample pastures. Their looms, collapsible and portable the Turkmen wove textiles for utilitarian uses and trade. Turkman nomads were smart and resourceful culture cultures weaving for utility and a way to bank labor for future exchange. Weaving a nomad's version of savings account for future trade in hard times.
Even after 30 years in the rug business, I'm still amazed at the depth and beauty of weavings made by Nomadic Turkmen tribes. A people often on the move without many conveniences could produce such beauty.
The Turkmen still weave rugs and textiles today while typically not nomadic they continue to draw on their rich cultural history.