Beaded Turkmen Necklace from Iran

Beaded turkmen necklace from northeastern Iran, mid-20th century. Beaded turkmen necklace from northeastern Iran, mid-20th century. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 1999.0161.

The Textile Research Centre (TRC), Leiden, houses a necklace from among the Turkmen in northeastern Iran. The object is made of cotton, glass, metal and plastic. The necklace measures 39 x 10 cm.

The choker-style necklace is made up of a trellis-work band of blue, red, green, black and white beads, which are sewn onto a red background cloth. In the centre of the band there is a large, silver coin. Along the lower edge of the band there is a beaded fringe made up of green, white and blue beads, separated by larger red beads. The fringe ends in silver coins dating to the Qajar period.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 4 October 2016).

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