Antique Seichour Corridor Rug, Seichour, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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RUGMAC36

Wow! Not being at all biased, but this must be one of the best Seichour corridor rugs I've ever seen!
The fabulous green field is not just one shade of green but several striations or abrash. The weaver has quite obviously run out of natural green wool using different shades throughout. The main border is typically Seichour - like a wave design but powerful in its drawing. An incredibly beautiful corridor rug in very good condition from circa 1860-1870.
It is important to view the close-up images for a clearer image of the design and better colour representation.
Size: 2.77m x 0.94m (9' 1" x 3' 1").
£8,500
| $11,318 USD | €9,631 EUR

Antique Zili, Shahsevan Nomads, Baku Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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DR1

Illustrated in the recently published 3rd edition of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 278, I sold this rare and beautiful Zili in 2006 and it has recently come back to me.
The madder-red and indigo-blue squares contain adult and baby peacocks or winged griffins, and was made in extremely fine balanced plain-weave with continuous and discontinuous wefts. A superb and highly collectable wall hanging, made in the Baku region of Azerbaijan around 1880. Such pieces are a rare find these days - most found in today's market are fragments.
Size: 1.90m x 1.30m (6' 3" x 4' 3").
£8,000
| $10,652 USD | €9,065 EUR

Antique Pair of Tabriz City Rugs, Tabriz, ...

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RUGMAC15/16

It's unusual to find a fabulous pair of Tabriz rugs that have remained together for over 100 years. They were acquired by a British family living in Iran during the early 20th century and handed down through the family until now. I acquired them because the family concerned were down-sizing and sadly couldn't use them any more. I've had them deep washed and both rugs have turned out beautifully - their glowing indigo-blue field and intricate detail in the central lozenge and spandrels just stunning. Made around 1880-1900, I am selling the rugs as a pair as it would be sacrilege to separate them after all this time. The price quoted below is for the pair.
Size: 1.76m x 1.17m (5' 9" x 3' 10").
£5,000
| $6,658 USD | €5,665 EUR

Antique Borchalou Rug, Borchalou, South-West Caucasus.

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BM/GT2

Borchalou lies below Tiflis in the south-western Caucasus. In the seventeenth century, Shah Abbas deported Borchalou tribes from Hamadan northwards and they eventually settled in this area, now called Borchalou.
This stunning little rug has a typical Borchalou madder-red field and simple motifs depicted therein. Interestingly, at the base of the red field there appears a blue square which I suspect is a re-entrant symbol, often seen in prayer-rugs of the south-west Caucasus. Could this little rug, therefore, be a latent prayer-rug?
Made circa 1875, it is in near mint condition and the wool is soft and glossy.
Size: 1.40m x 1.22m (4' 7" x 4' 0")
£4,500
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Shekarlu Taifeh, Fars ...

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MAC100

This is a truly beautiful example of the best of Shekarlu - Qashqa'i weaving. It is important to look at the detail images to really appreciate the wonderful vegetable colours. Made around 1870, the rug is in very good pile albeit the selvedges have been replaced due to wear. The main ivory border is typical 'Shekarlu' as is the indigo-blue field with its stylised trees and flowers - a true garden of Paradise!
Size: 2.16m x 1.70m (7' 1" x 5' 7").
£4,500
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM/JR

Dating to circa 1900, this beautiful Teke Turkmen carpet has a soft colour palette and a square size. Overall, it is in very good pile except for a small area of wear, and this is reflected in the price. Very decorative.
size: 2.31m x 2.31m (7' 7" x 7' 7").
£3,750
| $4,993 USD | €4,249 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Kashkuli Taifeh, Fars ...

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RUGMAC46

The Kashkuli nomads were the finest weavers within the Qashqa'i Confederacy and this rug, made circa 1880, is a testament to the exceptional quality of these 19th century Kashkuli rugs. The beautiful indigo-blue field contains a myriad of flowers which, to these nomads, represented their woven gardens within their black tents. The main border is finely executed and the saturated natural colours are glowing in the very best way. Just magnificent!
Size: 2.31m x 1.27m (7' 7" x 4' 2").
£3,500
| $4,660 USD | €3,966 EUR

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Kizyl Ayak Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM/RR

Made circa 1900, this handsome Kizyl Ayak Turkmen carpet contains 4 vertical rows of Kizyl Ayak 'guls' (tribal crests) on a rich red ground. The carpet has been washed and is in very good overall condition.
Size: 3.05m x 1.83m (10' 0" x 6' 0")
£3,500
| $4,660 USD | €3,966 EUR

Antique Uzbek Galyam, Lakai Tribes, Surkhan Darya ...

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BM/UZ

This majestic bridal rug with its 3 vertical rows of 7 Lakai Uzbek guls (tribal crests) was probably made in Surkhan Darya Province, Uzbekistan in the 19th century.
This rug or flat-weave is in near-mint condition with stunning skirts each end.
Size: 2.93 x 1.42m (9' 7" x 4' 8").
£3,250
| $4,327 USD | €3,682 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Carpet, South-West Persia.

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Khamseh 1

The Khamseh Confederacy - a confederation of 5 tribes - inhabit the region of Fars in south-west Persia, next to their neighbours, the Qashqa'i. This handsome and elegant carpet was made circa 1870-1880 and is in very good overall condition bar a few minor old repairs and replaced selvedges - all reflected in the reasonable price. A very decorative floor covering.
Size: 3.75m x 1.55m (12' 4" x 5' 1").
£2,750
| $3,662 USD | €3,116 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Carpet, Fars Province, South-West Persia. ...

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BM/PL2

This beautiful small carpet was possibly made by the Shesh Boluki sub-tribe ('tireh' in Persian) of the Qashqa'i Confederacy around 1900. The overall condition is very good and it is ready for floor use.
Size: 2.90m x 1.57m (9' 6" x 5' 2").
£2,750
| $3,662 USD | €3,116 EUR

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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RPD19

On a soft camel coloured ground, can be seen a field of 'dragon & phoenix' symbols in very stylized form - symbolizing the fight between good and evil. The Afshar originated in Eastern Turkistan and arrived in southern Persia between the 11th and 15th centuries, bringing their dragon symbolism with them. Rarely found on rugs, the dragon & phoenix is very occasionally found on their storage bags. The wool quality is superb - soft and glossy - and the colours are all from vegetable dyes. The rug is in excellent condition with only a few minor repairs.
Size: 1.45 x 1.23m (4' 9" x 4' 0").
£2,500
| $3,329 USD | €2,833 EUR