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

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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").
| $11,318 USD | €9,631 EUR

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

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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").
| $8,655 USD | €7,365 EUR

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Teke Tribes, Merv Oasis, ...

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Beautiful shades of madder-red dominate this fabulous decorative Teke Turkmen carpet made at the end of the 19th century. In excellent condition.
Size: 2.84m x 2.09m (9' 4" x 6' 10").
| $7,323 USD | €6,232 EUR

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

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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").
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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This fabulous Yomut Turkmen carpet was made in the third quarter of the 19th century in the Middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan. The beautiful copper-red field contains superbly-drawn 'dyrnak' guls (tribal crests) which appear to disappear under the rare main border and out into infinity. Look at the 'elems' or skirts at each end of the carpet with their beautifully depicted trees. A superb example of the lost woven art of the Turkmen.
Size: 2.90m x 1.78m (9' 6" x 5' 10").
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

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

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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").
| $4,993 USD | €4,249 EUR

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

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Recently acquired from an old English country house where it had been in the family for many years, this lovely Teke Turkmen carpet has a soft colour palette of madder-red, making it a very easy colour to decorate a room with. The skirts 'elems' at each end are attractively different and overall, the carpet is in excellent condition albeit with a few small areas of restoration. The carpet, like all my stock, has been washed and floor-ready.
Size: 2.90m x 2.31m (9' 6" x 7' 7").
| $4,993 USD | €4,249 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Corridor Carpet, South-west Persia. ...

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A most handsome corridor carpet made by a tribe within the Khamseh Confederacy in south-west Persia circa 1870. The overall condition is good albeit with touches of slight wear in places. Extremely elegant and decorative.
Size: 3.70m x 1.53m (12' 2" x 5' 0").
| $4,993 USD | €4,249 EUR

Antique Afshar Tribal Carpet, Kerman Province, South ...

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This elegant carpet was made by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province, southern Persia, circa 1870-1880. The carpet is in very good overall condition and comprises a 'boteh' design on a madder-red ground - the boteh or flame symbol, originally believed to have originated in Kerman amongst the Zoroastrians. The carpet retains its plain-weave kilim skirts at both ends and I like the depiction of the three small quadrupeds in the lower left side of the red field.
Size: 2.60m x 1.45m (8' 6" x 4' 10").
| $4,660 USD | €3,966 EUR

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

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The exceptional 19th century blue-ground prayer-rugs of the Timuri tribes are rare. This one is exceptional. It comprises a stylised 'tree-of-life' in the central indigo-blue field with trees depicted in the hand-panels at the top as well. The skirts, as in the very best examples, are fantastically brocaded and the wool is of the highest quality, sheared once a year from mountain fat-tail sheep.
I have written an article on the prayer-rugs of the Timuri in the last issue of Carpet Collector, a magazine aimed at connoisseurs of tribal weaving. In this article, I point out what I feel, are the wrong attributions of Timuri rugs being labelled 'Baluch'.

| $3,928 USD | €3,343 EUR

Antique Baluch Prayer-Rug, Sistan Region, South-East Persia. ...

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The Baluch tribes of Sistan regularly knotted mosque mihrabs into their prayer-rugs during the 19th century as in this one. I've seen quite a few over my many years of dealing but never one as good as this! It is rare for a start, to see Sistani prayer-rugs with elaborate chevron kilim skirts and this might well indicate an earlier type. The mihrab area with its three domes has highlights of silk shining through, and as silk was very expensive to these nomads, I suspect it was commissioned by a tribal chief or important person within the tribe who could afford small areas of silk. Acquired in the 1950s by recent acquaintances of mine, they told me that the rug was seen by the late, famous US Baluch collector, Colonel Boucher, who said it was the best Sistan Baluch he had ever seen. A very good recommendation! It is in excellent complete condition with no repairs whatsoever and in the two vertical panels on either side of the central 'tree' panel, there is the usual dark-brown corrosive dye - possibly oak galls mordanted with an iron solution in order to fix the dye (see close-up photo). This is a serious collector's rug and an important example of this type.
Size: 1.48m x 0.84m (4' 10" x 2' 9").
| $3,662 USD | €3,116 EUR

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Mahdad Khani Tribe, ...

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This Baluch rug was made by the Mahdad Khani tribe around 1880. It contains 2 vertical rows of 5 'Tekke' gols - a link at some point or another with this powerful Turkmen tribe or inter-marriage? The rug is in very good overall condition.
Size: 1.82m x 0.99m (6' 0" x 3' 3").
| $2,463 USD | €2,096 EUR