An asmalyk (Turkmen language, "a thing to be hung"[1]) is a textile trapping used in a Turkmen wedding procession. Asmalyks may be pile or embroidered, and are usually five-sided, but some are seven-sided. Yomut asmalyks are the most common, followed by those of the Tekke tribe.[2] Asmalyks were made in pairs to decorate the flanks of a bride's wedding camel, and were then hung in her domed, felt-covered tent.[3]

Yomut asmalyk, pile carpet, first half of 19th century
Tekke asmalyk, embroidered silk, mid-19th century


  1. ^ "Turkmen Rugs: A Guide To Turkmen Rug & Carpet Styles". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  2. ^ "Yomut Asmalyk". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  3. ^ "Collector's Eye No. 45". Retrieved 2018-09-15.

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