Antique Shadda, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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BM/MJ1

A rare and magnificent flatweave called a 'Shadda', from the Shahsevan tribes of the Moghan region in Azerbaijan.
The flat-weave is in original condition, bar a few tiny holes, and had been hanging in a London house for 20 years. Dating to circa 1850, the shadda contains four rows of camel caravans on migration. A truly fabulous and highly collectable flatweave that was once an important dowry weaving.
Size: 2.06m x 1.98m (6' 9" x 6' 6").
£12,000
| $15,978 USD | €13,597 EUR

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

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BM/FL

A magnificent main yurt carpet made by Teke Turkmen tribes during the third quarter 19th century. The glowing madder-red is just to die for (excuse the pun) and the carpet is in excellent overall condition with stunning elems (skirts). The weave is as fine as they get as can be seen in the close-up photo and all I can add is that the weaver was obviously at the very height of her weaving ability.
Size: 2.81 x 2.24m (9' 3" x 7' 4").
£9,500
| $12,650 USD | €10,764 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").
£7,500
| $9,986 USD | €8,498 EUR

Antique Sarouq Carpet, Sarouq, North-West Persia.

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BM/JS1

This outstanding carpet was made in Sarouq, north-west Persia circa 1880.
The vegetable colours are fabulous as is the fine weave and beautiful design. It is in good overall condition with even wear and medium to low pile, but plenty of life left for floor use.
Size: 3.66m x 2.74m (12' x 9')
£6,500
| $8,655 USD | €7,365 EUR

Antique Lion Gabbeh, Qashqa'i - Kashkuli Tribe, ...

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BM/ES1

Wow!! A rare and fabulous lion gabbeh has just arrived from Iran!
Gabbehs like this are very rare these days and this is a particularly finely-knotted and exceptional lion rug, made by the Kashkuli taifeh within the Qashqa'i Confederacy around 1850-1870. The lion, which roamed the Zagros Mountains in western Iran until the last sighting of a carcass in the 1950s, is superbly drawn in this magnificent gabbeh.
The male lion depicted here is as good as any in Parviz Tanavoli's book 'Lion Rugs' book but for a similar example, see page 81. Tanavoli wrote this book in 1985 and estimated the gabbeh featured on page 81 to be well over 100 years old back then.
The four 'crowns' in pale-blue represent the lion as king and symbolised bravery to the nomadic Kashkuli tribe. They were used in the black tents on a daily basis and thus very few have survived today. This gabbeh has had an area of re-knotting which can be seen at the back and tail area of the lion and which has been very well done. However, to match the superior quality and colour of the old wool, this is very difficult today.
The importance of the lion in ancient Persia was such that Persia was called 'the land of lions'.
Size: 1.90m x 1.40m (6' 3" x 4' 7").
£6,500
| $8,655 USD | €7,365 EUR

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

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BM1547

Does anyone like horses?!! Then this is the rug for you!
This is an amazing nineteenth century rug of the Shekarlu sub-tribe within the Qashqa'i Confederacy, made circa 1870-1880, comprising a myriad of men on horseback. In some of the close-up photos, you will even spot foals! There's a lot going on and whoever buys this magnificent rug will spend the rest of their lives finding something new every day - a lifetime of study!! As a matter of interest, the very central lozenge contains pomegranates. The rug is evenly-low in pile but otherwise, completely original with only very minor repairs.
Size: 2.34 x 1.52m (7' 8" x 5' 0").
£5,500
| $7,323 USD | €6,232 EUR

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

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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").
£5,500
| $7,323 USD | €6,232 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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BM/SJ5

Rare and deeply saturated in glowing vegetable colours, this prayer-rug was made by Timuri nomads in the mid 19th century. Very few Timuris with this field and border design appear on the market and this rug is in overall very good condition bar some slight corrosion in the dark brown/black dye. In sunlight, as a dear, late friend of mine once said, the colours are like oil floating on water. This rug has to be seen to be fully appreciated, but with the sun shining on it, the colours are amazing. Note the powerful ivory border framing the field and mihrab and the long brocaded skirt at the lower end - again incredibly rare. This is a rug for collectors - a rug of a type of which few exist.
The rug is illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 90 of the third edition.
Size: 1.30m x 0.86m (4' 3" x 2' 10").
£4,500
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shekarlu Sub-Tribe, Fars Province, ...

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BM1494

Just magnificent! This superb early example of Shekarlu - Qashqa'i weaving was made during the third quarter of the nineteenth century and depicts a field of narrow vertical columns incorporating small angular 'botehs'. What is particularly attractive is the powerful main border with its diagonal bands in beautiful natural-dye shades of colour. The long brocaded skirts at both ends of the rug are very attractive and virtually complete. This is a highly collectible rug as well as being extremely decorative - washed and ready for floor use.
Size: 2.09m x 1.50m (6' 10" x 5' 0").
£4,500
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

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

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BM1542

Just in, a small, rare-size rug of the Shekarlu sub-tribe (taifeh) within the Qshqa'i Confederacy, made around 1870-1880. The main border is typically Shekarlu but the diagonal bands of 'birds-heads' symbols is unusual. All the colours are beautifully saturated from natural dyes and the wool is soft and lustrous. The rug retains the remains of its brocaded skirts at each end and overall, it is in good pile and very good condition. As with all my stock, this beautiful little rug has been washed and any minor restoration carried out where neccessary.
Size: 1.90m x 1.30m (6' 3" x 4; 3").
£3,850
| $5,126 USD | €4,362 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Tribal Rug, Baharlu Sub-Tribe, ...

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BM/BM1

This beautifully elegant rug contains four vertical rows of six 'botehs' with smaller 'botehs' inside each - symbols of fertility and always referred to as 'mother & child' botehs. In excellent complete condition, this rug was made by the Baharlu taifeh (sub-tribe) of the Confederation of five tribes, known as the Khamseh Confederacy, based in south-west Persia and made circa 1900. The ivory field is full of double-headed sunbirds and small stylised chickens, all pecking at seeds on the ground. This is a superb example of the type.
Size: 1.90m x 1.30m (6' 3" x 4' 3").
£3,750
| $4,993 USD | €4,249 EUR

Antique Shirvan Rug, Shirvan, Eastern Caucasus

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BM/RP

Acquired from a private Australian collection, this mint condition rug was made around 1900 in Shirvan in the eastern Caucasus. The central madder-red field contains stylised flowers, botehs and '8-pointed stars' and the main ivory border which surrounds the field shows the typical Shirvan 'calyx' pattern.
Size: 1.90m x 1.15m (6' 3" x 3' 9").
£3,500
| $4,660 USD | €3,966 EUR