A serene encampment encircled by the raw wilderness of the Utah desert

11 November 2019 – Amangiri has drawn travellers to Utah’s starkly beautiful landscape of deep canyons and vermillion rock formations for a decade. To herald its special anniversary, the resort will soon welcome guests to Camp Sarika by Amangiri – 10 tented-pavilions with individual private plunge pools on a luxury encampment surrounded by 600 hectares of raw wilderness in the heart of the desert, close to Amangiri.

lounge living room

Opening in April 2020, Camp Sarika will perfectly reflect the Amangiri experience, offering its own main pavilion and restaurant, two spa suites, one main swimming pool and a Jacuzzi set in unparalleled proximity to nature. Formed for escapism, adventure, solitude and privacy, the camp is located a 30minute hike or five-minute drive from Amangiri, and while guests at the camp enjoy full access to the resort’s facilities whenever they desire, everything they need will be conveniently located at Camp Sarika.
Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for “open space” and “sky”, Camp Sarika will be set on more than 55 hectares overlooking iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations. Surrounded by five national parks; each offering unique and diverse scenery, numerous national monuments and the Navajo Nation Reservation the camp will enable a back-to-nature, wilderness experience for guests who will enjoy the utmost comfort alongside mesmerising, otherworldly landscapes and intriguing remnants of Native American culture at every turn.
A 30-minute drive from the nearest town of Page, Camp Sarika will encourage a private and peaceful connection to its dramatic surroundings, its remote location imbuing a sense of community and exclusivity in a nod to Aman’s trademark appreciation of a destination. The camp’s 10 beautifully appointed tented pavilions will be complemented by a Selldorf Architects-designed common pavilion, housing restaurant and lounge areas, as well as two spa suites, a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.
Claiming unobstructed views of the mesas or facing west to catch the sunset every evening, the tented pavilions will feature either one or two bedrooms, as well as a living area, dining area, a bar, a private spacious terrace with a fire pit and an individual heated plunge pool. The five one-bedroom tented pavilions will each cover 175 square metres, while the five two-bedroom tented pavilions will cover 262 square metres. Designed by Luxury Frontiers, the tented pavilions will mimic the spaciousness and clean lines of the suites at Amangiri, where natural materials reflect the light-transforming, undulating surface of the desert outside, but will evoke a luxury camp feel. The interiors will include decorative canvas walls and ceilings and wooden fittings, as opposed to Amangiri’s furnishings, which comprise blackened steel and stone.

view from the bath…

Open throughout the day, the restaurant at the camp will be situated in the main pavilion, with both indoor and outdoor seating offering breathtaking views. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks and afternoon tea in between, the restaurant will offer a menu that will change daily, incorporating the freshest local produce, whilst also catering to vegetarians and vegans. Paying homage to the wilderness setting, the open kitchen will feature a rotisserie grill, with dishes served on cedar and slate carving boards. Reserved for residents of the camp during the day, the restaurant will also be open to resort guests for dinner (with advance booking).
Camp Sarika will allow guests to reap the benefits of connecting with nature – increased mindfulness, reduced stress levels and a clearer headspace – with every convenience and luxury at hand. Two spa suites will offer an extensive menu of spa therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices, while yoga and guided meditation will be offered al fresco, allowing guests to reground themselves within the astounding natural beauty of the Utah desert.

desert’s view

Serving as an idyllic escape and a springboard for exploration of the area, the camp will offer desert and mountain hiking with its own trail system, morning and afternoon Wellness experiences indoors and out, canyoneering, its own Via Ferrata route and horseback riding, as well as many other adventure activities. The camp will also enable a deeper immersion in Native American culture, with storytelling and star gazing around the fire every evening.
The intimacy exclusive to Camp Sarika, with inspired facilities and unbounded access to Utah’s vast expanses of magical scenery at its doorstep, makes the camp the ideal destination for larger groups or families desiring a private insight into the destination or a very special place for an important celebration.
A scenic 5-minute drive from Camp Sarika, Amangiri is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Built around a magnificent swimming pool that embraces a dramatic stone escarpment, the resort’s Main Pavilion houses the Dining Room, the Living Room, a library, gallery, private dining room and cellar. Beyond lies the Desert Lounge, an open-air living room ideal for sundowners or star gazing. Two accommodation wings lead from the pavilion into the desert, housing 34 suites in total – many with private swimming pools and roof terraces.
A destination unto itself, the Aman Spa at Amangiri covers 2,322 square metres and provides a serene setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Key features are the Water Pavilion, which offers hydrotherapy treatments; the Floatation Pavilion; the Watsu Pool; five walnut-lined treatment rooms and two outdoor treatment terraces with panoramic desert views. There is also a finishing salon, a yoga pavilion and a comprehensive gym.
Since its launch in 2009, Amangiri has won multiple awards for its remarkable design, intuitive service and luxurious proximity to nature. Camp Sarika will add a new dimension to this extraordinary allseason destination, providing another setting in which to embrace the pristine and astonishing beauty of the American Southwest.

swimming pool at the foot of the mountains


The 24th edition of “Christmas trees of the creators” with the theme “Ice-Crystal-Polar”

For the seventh year running the committee of Montaigne is supporting “Les Sapins des Créateurs”.

This is event is sponsored by The Federation of Haute-Couture and Fashion

The free-entry public exposition will take place from Saturday the 23rd of November until Monday the 25th of November between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Hotel Plaza Athénée.

Magic for all to enjoy

To immerse both young and old in the atmosphere of end of year celebrations all artworks are freely
displayed to the public from the 23rd of November to the 25th of
November at the Hotel Plaza Athénée.

The beautiful spirit of Christmas

Beginning in 1995, “Les Sapins des Créateurs” has supported charitable organisations by uniting the greatest names in fashion, architecture and design.

Working under the guidance and wisdom of Marie-Christiane Marek- the president of “Les Sapins des Créateurs”, renowned artists and prestigious fashion houses work hard every year to create original works of art which embody the spirit of Christmas.

Generosity comes first The original artworks created for “Les Sapins
des Créateurs” are eventually sold at auction with all the proceeds going to
charity: this gives bidders the opportunity to acquire unique pieces of art and support a great cause. All the money raised at auction is dedicated to
Professor David Khayat’s research into cancer: Professor Khayat chairs cancer research at the Bezet Clinic and is the president of The Paris Charter Against Cancer.

Chanel’s Christmas tree

Together, the auction and preceding exhibition will celebrate Italian fashion from the late 1950s through to the early 1980s, a period when Paris no longer had the monopoly on couturiers and their Italian counterparts were coming to the fore.

With special thanks to…

The Hotel Plaza Athénée – A luxurious and magical setting at the heart of Avenue Montaigne. In the city where dreams come true ( Dare to Dream ) we have 8 million ways to make your NYC elopement a reality. All artworks created for the 24th edition of “Les Sapins des Créateurs” will be displayed in this gem of 20th century French architecture.

Following the auction, a dinner prepared by the chefs Sylvestre Wahid –Restaurant Sylvestre, Hotel Thomieux, beholder of two Michelin stars, Fabrice Giraud – the “Chef de cuisine” of the Maison Blanche restaurant and Claire Damon – an acclaimed pastry chef, will be held at the Maison Blanche Restaurant. Damien Da Rocha will transform the restaurant into a magnificent floral scene. The illustrations created by Marc-Antoine Coulon.

Dior’s Christmas tree

Sources: Press release “Le Sapin des créateurs”

Cover picture: Jean Marc Coulon


LUXE.TV, new partnership with Traveller Made®

LUXE.TV and Traveller Made® have entered an exclusive and innovative partnership to provide unique visibility to hotel members.

Traveller Made® is a network of luxury travel designers dedicated to providing unique and exclusive bespoke journeys to travellers looking for different and original experiences, requiring skilled and knowledgeable advisors who are committed to fully servicing their clients.

Coming soon on LUXE.TV, the program “brought to you by Traveller Made®” will create a weekly rendez-vous on high end travelling experiences.

Discover the pilot program with Marbella Club below:


HUGO announces partnership with Liam Payne

HUGO has announced Liam Payne as its global brand ambassador, a partnership that will see him become the face of an exclusive new capsule and the brand’s bodywear.

This summer will see the talent star in his first campaign for the brand, lensed by iconic fashion photographers Mert & Marcus.

“I knew if I wanted to do something in fashion it should be with HUGO,” says the singer-songwriter. “They design clothes that guys like me want to wear. Fashion started out as a hobby for me, but I’m loving being part of the creative process.”

The British musician will front a series of campaigns for HUGO starting this summer


The German brand has also collaborated with Liam on an exclusive ‘HUGO x Liam Payne capsule’, inspired by the singer’s personal style. The capsule is due to be revealed for the first time during July’s Berlin Fashion Week, with a concert and presentation. The pieces will be available to buy immediately after the event.

“Liam is not only a very talented musician, he’s also got great style”, says Peter Deirowski, Brand and Creative Director for HUGO. “This type of creative partnership is something we’ve never done before and we can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on behind the scenes.”

Later this year, Liam will appear as the new face of HUGO Bodywear in a campaign conceived to embody the confidence that the singer represents. This is the first partnership of its kind for HUGO, a brand whose DNA is closely linked to popular culture – especially music. 

Sources: Press release Hugo Boss

Cover picture: Instagram page Liam Payne


Sotheby’s to offer the wardrobe of Claudia Cardinale

Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the sale of some 130 couture and ready-to-wear items from the wardrobe of sixties icon and award-winning international film star Claudia Cardinale.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses of her day, Claudia Cardinale also had an eye for beautiful, chic, occasionally understated but nonetheless very sensual clothes which, combined with her stunning looks and extraordinary talent on stage and screen, saw her variously described as a ‘Goddess of Love’ and ‘Italy’s Sweetheart’.

This summer, with the sale and pre-sale exhibition of her extraordinary wardrobe, Sotheby’s will shine a spotlight Cardinale’s ability not only to act, but also to dress to perfection.

Among the leading items is a long gown in fuchsia organza embroidered with floral motifs by Livia


Together, the auction and preceding exhibition will celebrate Italian fashion from the late 1950s through to the early 1980s, a period when Paris no longer had the monopoly on couturiers and their Italian counterparts were coming to the fore.

The 130 couture and ready-to-wear items to be exhibited and sold were all created for Cardinale by the leading Italian designers of the day including Emilio Schuberth, Roberto Capucci, Irene Galitzine, Barocco and Balestra, as well as the Parisian house Nina Ricci, which regularly dressed the actress during the 1960s.

The sale will be an opportunity to acquire garments worn by the actress in her day-to-day life, as well as in some of her great screen roles and at international film events including the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, and the Venice, Cannes and Berlin film festivals.

There is a sheath dress entirely covered in black sequins and trimmed with pink and blue flowers, by Nina Ricci (estimate: €6,000-€8,000).


Among the leading items is a long gown in fuchsia organza embroidered with floral motifs by Livia, worn by Cardinale for her first appearance at Cannes Film Festival in 1961 (estimate: €3,000-€4,000).

There is a sheath dress entirely covered in black sequins and trimmed with pink and blue flowers, by Nina Ricci (Haute Couture collection, autumn-winter 1963-1964), which the actress modelled at the 37th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 1965 as a presenter alongside Steve McQueen (estimate: €6,000-€8,000).

Other items recall Cardinale’s greatest roles from her period of international fame. These include The Pink Panther by Blake Edwards (1963) in which, as Princess Dala, owner of a fabulous diamond coveted by a mystery robber, she wears an elegant palazzo pyjama suit in ivory shantung embroidered with silver beads, by Irene Galitzine, similar to the one that features in the sale (estimate: €3,500-€5,000).

The sale is composed by 130 couture and ready-to-wear items from the wardrobe of sixties icon Claudia Cardinale.


Then there is The Magnificent Cuckold directed by Antonio Pietrangeli (1964), in which Cardinale wears a cocktail dress trimmed with black petals by Nina Ricci in the film’s final scene (estimate: €2,500-€3,500);

A Fine Pair by Francesco Maselli (1968), in which the actress appears alongside her co-star Rock Hudson wearing a leather coat fastened with multiple straps (estimate: €2,000-€3,000); and Lost Command by Mark Robson (1965), with Cardinale in a black swimsuit made by Cole of California, reunited with her co-star of The Leopard, Alain Delon (estimate: €500-€700).

Claudia Cardinale | L’étoffe d’une diva

Sale open for bidding, 28 June – 9 july 2019

Exhibition, 2 – 4 July

Sources: Press release Sotheby’s

Cover picture: @theclaudiacardinale


L’Oréal invests 15 million euros in Aulnay-sous-Bois plant

To accompany L’Oréal Luxe’s dynamic growth worldwide, L’Oréal announces the plan to further develop the group’s manufacturing capabilities in France by dedicating the plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois to the production of fine perfumesand perfume collections.

This decision would increase L’Oréal Luxe’s industrial footprint and capabilities in France to 4 factories specialized by technology: Fine perfumes and perfumecollections in Aulnay-sous-Bois (near Paris); Large-scale perfumes in Gauchy (northern France); Skincare and foundation in Caudry (northern France); Make-up in Lassigny (northern France).

The planned investment of 15 million euros would enable the Aulnay-Sous-Bois plant to become L’Oréal Luxe’s second “Manufacture du Parfum” with specific know-how, expertise and technologies.

Barbara Lavernos, Executive Vice-President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer of L’Oréal

©Stéphane de Bourgies

Barbara Lavernos, Executive Vice-President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer of L’Oréal, said,”The Aulnay-sous-Bois plantwill be a strategic pillar for L’Oréal Luxe’s production of perfumes and as such, the plant will have a global reach. This significant investment highlights our aim to adapt manufacturing capabilities to new market challenges while developing the expertise of each of our plants. “

With 11 factories in France, L’Oréal strengthens its footprint there. L’Oréal has decided to invest significantly in its manufacturing capabilities with state-of-the-art equipment, employee training and upskilling.

Sources: Press release L’Oréal

Cover picture: ©L’Oréal


Arnault and Pinault families donate 300 millions of euros for Notre-Dame de Paris

After the disaster, the big names in luxury are already getting together for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame in Paris, the devastated jewel of French heritage.

The LVMH group and the Arnault family at its head will make a donation of 200 million euros for the reconstruction of the cathedral.

The Arnault family and LVMH will donate 200 million euros to the fund dedicated to the reconstruction

©Karl Lagerfeld

According to a statement on Tuesday, “The Arnault family and the LVMH group, in solidarity with this national tragedy, are coming to the aid of Notre Dame helping with the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, this symbol of France, its heritage and its unity.

They will donate a total sum of 200 million euros to the fund dedicated to the reconstruction of this architectural work, which is part of the History of France. In the meantime, the LVMH Group puts at the disposal of the State and the concerned authorities, all its teams, be they creative, architectural, or financial, to help the long work of reconstruction on the one hand, and of fundraising on the other, which is about to start.

Pinault family and Artemis will release 100 million euros to help rebuild the cathedral


The investment company of the Pinault family, Artemis, will release 100 million euros to help rebuild the cathedral, ravaged by flames on Monday night, according to a statement to the AFP by its president François-Henri Pinault.

“My father – François Pinault – and I have decided to unblock from the funds of Artemis a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame”, he wrote.

Sources: Press release AFP

Cover picture: @notredamedeparis


Lacoste created a collection inspired by Keith Haring

While some follow the codes, others bypass or play with them … Like René Lacoste, when he cut the sleeves of his shirt to create the polo!

For its new collection, Lacoste pays tribute to the artist Keith Haring, who was also known for breaking the rules! The New York streets of the East Village still remember this American artist who invaded the walls with his colours, while others painted on canvas …

For its new collection, Lacoste pays tribute to the artist Keith Haring

Keith Haring created his legend with his graffiti in which he tackled topics such as AIDS, sex, drugs and apartheid. With this committed collection, Lacoste pays tribute to an artist, but also to a free, creative and timeless spirit.

Thought out and designed for all those who want to inject a touch of art into their lives, it’s a collection with bright and colourful accents available now on the site of the brand and in a selection of Lacoste boutiques …

Lacoste pays tribute to an artist, but also to a free, creative and timeless spirit

Sources: Press release Lacoste

Pictures: ©Lacoste


Maasmechelen showcases contemporary art

In spring 2019, Massmechelen Village will be buzzing to the theme of contemporary art. Fashion, inexpensive luxury and this century’s art come together for a surprising event thanks to a wonderful collaboration with the ACAF, The Accessible Art Fair in a dedicated pop-up store.

Opening the doors to contemporary art and making art accessible to the general public is the mission that Maasmechelen Village has set out, which is always demonstrating surprising initiatives, and upsetting conventional wisdom, in terms of its communications and events.

Faithful to the tradition of the world of fashion, art and creation, Massmechelen Village has decided to build a bridge between the two universes

Opening the doors to contemporary art and making art accessible to the general public is the mission that Maasmechelen Village has set out

©Maasmechelen Village

“The ACAF pop-up was born thanks to wonderful conversations with Stephanie Manasseh, the curator of this project and the founder of the Accessible Art Fair. During our first meeting, we immediately saw there was a match between what Stephanie and the ACAF do for art, notably supporting emerging talents, and that we, Maasmechelen Village, we also help art by making fashion accessible, which is what they did with art, they made it accessible to the general public.” said Valéry Gijsemberg, PR Manager of Maasmechelen Village.

Here, art is joyful, a fashion or trend, between DJ’s or influencers and colourful works, the public is delighted to discover another facet of one of the jewels of the Bicester Village Shopping Collection. On the program of artistic discovery, Christian De Wulf and his sculpture frames; the expression of pure beauty in the photography of Dirk Lambrechts and Kurt Deruytter; or former dancer Marie Wynants, who works for brands like Delvaux and Anne Demeulemeester; or the pyrographed mirrors with a Japanese inspiration by design studio Okiko, under the guidance of Fabien Huleux; or the human face as an obsession with Christian Dugardeyn, known as Duga, which challenges you…

We love the brilliant work of one artist, whose radient works could be something that illuminate Sicily: with the bright colours born to provoke positive emotions, Beddru is a talent to follow…

At Massmechelen Village until April 7th 2019, is a wonderful meeting between contemporary art and fashion that will surprise the public

©Maasmechelen Village

The disruptive element of this exhibition is the life size appearance of Pandemonia, a creature made entirely of latex that could be straight out of the Roy Lichtenstein tableaus. Accompanied by its dog Snowy, this London artist, who during their time there and with their art that is like an installation, made the show with their accessories and somewhat eclipsed their fellow artists with their sense of spectacle.

Between fashion and art, Pandemonia, that is considered itself as a living work, never hesitates to strike a pose, notably at the end of London Fashion Week show, which largely contributed to their notoriety… Intriguing, adored, or disturbing, it’s a way of living their art that has sparked a debate!

At Massmechelen Village until April 7th 2019, is a wonderful meeting between contemporary art and fashion that will surprise a public that maybe hasn’t dared to open the doors of a gallery, or for those who weren’t able to make the trip to the workshops of these artists, during the next ACAF events in Brussels and around the world.

Cover picture: ©Marie Wynants


Bang & Olufsen and RIMOWA explore the unique link between sound and travel

Bang & Olufsen is proud to announce its first collaboration with global leader in premium luggage, RIMOWA. Rooted in design, craftsmanship, and innovation, the two iconic brands with strong ties to aluminium have joined forces for a partnership that celebrates the unique link between sound and travel.

Together, RIMOWA and Bang & Olufsen have created a pair of limited-edition Beoplay H9i headphones that hone in on the craftsmanship that characterises the two brands.

Made from authentic and long-lasting materials such as anodised aluminium and genuine leather, the RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones are housed in a signature RIMOWA aluminium case and come in a warm light grey colour that accentuates the aluminium expression. With powerful and precise Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound, the wireless Beoplay H9i headphones feature active noise cancellation and an innovative touch interface.

The product is made from authentic materials such as anodised aluminium and genuine leather

“RIMOWA and Bang & Olufsen share a passionate approach to purposeful and elegant design. Both of them celebrate aluminium in their products,” said Alexandre Arnault, CEO of RIMOWA. “To strengthen the natural relationship between sound and travel, we have proudly partnered to create the RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones.”

With a common appreciation for craftsmanship, beautiful materials, and luxurious design, Bang & Olufsen and RIMOWA are uniquely attuned to those who value rich sound in the same way they value purposeful travel experiences. Together, they represent movement and a unique vision of elevated contemporary timelessness.

To celebrate their ideas, RIMOWA and Bang & Olufsen have invited Swedish composer and record producer, Ludwig Göransson

“For over 90 years, Bang & Olufsen has striven to be more than an audio company, a brand that stimulates people’s lives through a passion for sound, design & craftsmanship. With RIMOWA being much more than a luggage company, but a brand that makes travel an art and that disrupts its own marketplace, we are honoured and proud to have an ideal partner. The first materialisation of our collaboration, the RIMOWA edition of our flagship Beoplay H9i headphones and exclusive RIMOWA carrying case, will make the world travel at the speed of sound,” said John Mollanger, Executive Vice President, President Brand and Markets at Bang & Olufsen.

Together, they represent movement and a unique vision of elevated contemporary timelessness.

To celebrate their shared ideas, RIMOWA and Bang & Olufsen have invited famed LA-based Swedish composer and record producer, Ludwig Göransson, to reflect on his music, his travel, and the importance they’ve had in his pursuit of mastery. Many esports athletes use these headphones to play at international championships, for which bets and predictions can be found on the Mightytips website for free. A frequent traveller, ardent multi-instrumentalist, and Academy Award- and triple Grammy-winning producer for his work with Childish Gambino and the movie Black Panther, Ludwig opens up to RIMOWA and Bang & Olufsen about his approach to finding balance and sense of place through sound. 

An intimate interview and video portrait of Ludwig’s relationship with music, travel, and life in LA, will be available online at and

Sources: Press release Bang & Olufsen

Pictures: ©Bang & Olufsen


Discover the Roland-Garros 2019 poster!

Spanish artist José Maria Sicilia was entrusted with the creation of the 40th official poster in the history of the tournament. This modern artist created an abstract piece that is both technical and poetic. He is the seventh Spanish artist to design the poster for Roland-Garros.

Though the colour ochre always evokes the Parisian Grand Slam, it is likely to be the only aspect of this year’s poster that immediately makes you think of Roland Garros. The piece, created from an original collage, is like a jigsaw puzzle whose intense red pieces are scattered over the canvas. 

José Maria Sicilia created an abstract piece that is both technical and poetic

©José Maria Sicilia – Galerie Lelong & Co / FFT 2019

This unusual poster expresses the sounds of a tennis match in images. The artist employed the creative process of synaesthesia, which associates one sense with another, to create this collage. “I’d describe myself as a translator. I try to bring out the colour of sounds. I also paid attention to the bouncing of the balls and the shots, to the silence and even the applause,” the artist explains. Here, this storm of sounds is transformed into an array of colours.

José Maria Sicilia also developed into his childhood memories to produce the piece

©Luis Sevillano

José Maria Sicilia also delved into his childhood memories to produce the piece. “As a child, I would listen to Roland Garros matches on the radio. I remember the emotions I felt as I listened to these encounters. In 1961, I was 7 years old and I clearly remember the final between Santana and Pietrangeli. For me, Roland Garros is also a childhood story,”he says.

Sources: Website Roland-Garros

Cover picture: ©Philippe Montigny / FFT


Dorotheum will auction nearly 140 Turkmen carpets

On 9 April 2019, Dorotheum will auction nearly 140 Turkmen carpets and knot works from a private collection in Schleswig-Holstein. The carpet lover built his collection over multiple decades, focusing on rare and high-quality pieces, some of which are available for exhibition loans.

The Turkmen are nomads from Central Asia. To them, carpets carry a special meaning and are also called the “soul” of the people. These rugs reflect the traditions of the various tribes such as the Yomud, Tekke, Saryk, Salor and Ersari.

Dorotheum will auction nearly 140 Turkmen carpets

The Dorotheum auction will offer an Asmalyk from West Turkistan. This ornamental piece would have been made as part of a pair and used to decorate the flanks of a bride’s wedding camel (estimate €3,400 – 5,000). A magnificent Yomud tent band will also be up for auction. Bands of this quality were worked on for years and reflect the importance of one’s social standing at Turkmen weddings as it was used as the bride’s dowry (€10,000 – €12,000). The Tekke used large capes to bundle and store delicate objects. This 23 x 67 cm piece is made in fine knotting, partly in silk (€4,500 – 5,000).

The auction highlight is a 17th century Tekke Khaly carpet which measures 226 x 200 cm. Such fine carpets were only unrolled on the tent floor during ceremonial occasions. Since it was not exposed to the damages of regular use, this piece is very well preserved (€15,000 – 20,000). In terms of design and colour, Dorotheum specialist Wolfgang Matschek considers this to be one of the best surviving examples of this type of carpet.

Turkmen carpets are cultural goods, artistic objects and pieces of history

Turkmen carpets are cultural goods, artistic objects and pieces of history. Knotted tapestries were used as decorative pieces for yurts, curtains or to frame tent entrances. Particularly fine works were made for bridal jewellery and to adorn camels.

They also made practical items such as bags and containers. Their archaic designs stick to an impressive natural colour pallet of reds and browns. At the center of the patterns are the tribal markings known as Guls. Due to the isolation and remoteness of the Turkmen, their designs remained almost unchanged for centuries. These types of carpets have been extensively researched. Using colour analyses and radiocarbon dating, we can accurately estimate the age of these pieces.

Sources: Press release Dorotheum

Pictures: ©Dorotheum