Metropolitan antique oriental carpet gallery home page

Collectible items sorted by origins and types

about our New York City gallery

General information regarding the terms used on our site.

Direct access to a certain item, by item number. browsing our extensive stock of fine oriental and European rugs. Searchable by any combination you desire.

Information regarding the various services we provide, such as cleaning, conservation, repair and restoration of your textile treasures

Questions and comments, special requests

Calender of events in the antique carpet world

links to related fine art and antiques web sites

Contact the NYC gallery

New York City dealer in Persian, Caucasian, Turkish, Indian and European antique decorative and collectible rugs and carpets

Aubussons, Axminsters, Savonneries, Tapestries, Persian carpets and more at Metropolitan Carpet Gallery

 

ORIENTAL RUGS DICTIONARY

Chirpi

 

Chirpi is the name of a Tekke Turkoman woman’s cloak, often with silk embroidery.  The Chirpy has false sleeves sewed to the shoulder. These cloaks were used mostly for ceremonies such as weddings. They were made in several colors according to age of the wearer. The Yashl Chirpi (Green Chirpi) were used by the younger women, the Sary Chirpi (Yellow Chirpi) was used by middle aged and the Ak Chirpi (White Chirpi) for old women.

 

The following is a are sample of one of the earliest known Chirpies. Exceptionally fine silk on silk embroidery and even though it is a yellow Chirpi it is very much possible it was made for a young girl, because of the size of the sleeves.