Antique Sofreh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-Wesrt ...

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A beautiful madder-red abrash dominates the central field of this stunning little bread sofreh made by Qashqa'i nomads in south-western Persia around 1900. The bread sofreh was entirely utilitarian, used for kneading the dough on to prepare the bread. Antique bread sofrehs of the Qashqa'i nomads are rare and this is a fine example.
Size: 79cm x 64cm (2' 7" x 2' 1").
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Konya, Central Anatolia

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This charming prayer-rug with its plain central mihrab was made in the Konya area of central Anatolia in the mid 19th century. The overall condition is good with evenly-low pile.
Size: 1.63m x 1.07m (5' 4" x 3' 6").
| $1,997 USD | €1,700 EUR

Antique Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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This superb vanity-bag ('chanteh' in Persian) has been in our collection for many years but now it's time for someone else to enjoy it as we have done. Made by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-west Persia at the end of the 19th century, the bag is complete with knotted-pile face incorporating the 'continuous knot' symbolising the eternal cycle of life and a fabulous back, brocaded in soumack technique. Bags like this are now incredibly rare and few of this age exist amongst the Persian nomads today.
Size: 26cm x 23cm (10" x 9").
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

Old Baby Carrier, Kalamantan, Indonesia.

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A rare baby carrier from Kalamantan in raffia technique incorporating a beaded figure in the centre with bone amulets and cowrie shells.
Size: 49cm high x 27cm dia. (1' 7" high x 11" dia).
| $466 USD | €397 EUR

Old Beaded Baby Carrier, Dayak Tribe, Borneo, ...

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An early 20th century baby carrier made by the Dayak tribe of Borneo with full glass beaded panel and decorated with amulets - bone discs and teeth, brass bells and metal rings. It also has its original lining and wooden base as can be seen in the photos attached.
Size: 30cm x 48cm semi circumference.
| $526 USD | €448 EUR

Old Turkmen Bracelet, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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A charming 20th century Teke Turkmen silver bracelet set with 3 table-cut carnelian stones.
| $100 USD | €85 EUR

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

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This beautiful silver Teke Turkmen bracelet is fire gilded and set with 3 table-cut carnelian stones.
| $233 USD | €198 EUR

Antique Baluch Rug, Ali Mirza'i Tribe, Khorassan ...

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The wonderful soft colour palette in this Ali Mirza'i Baluch rug of madder-red and indigo-blue is subtle and beautiful at the same time. The very slight corrosion to the dark-brown dye within the field gives the whole rug a 3-dimensional feel. It is in excellent condition and retains its fabulous kilim skirts at each end.
Size: 1.88m x 1.05m (6' 2" x 3' 5").
| $2,330 USD | €1,983 EUR

Antique Saddle-Bags, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan, Azerbaijan.

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Small 'khorjin' (saddle-bags) like this are rare these days. Most were cut in half by unscrupulous dealers in the bazaars of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran being more saleable as individual bags. Therefore few complete bags survived. This small khorjin is extremely finely woven in soumack technique comprising double-headed birds in the centre of each bag symbolising the guardians of the gates of Paradise. The ivory cotton border is beautifully drawn with spacious symbols all the way round.
The khorjin is complete with plain-weave madder-red back.
Size: 67cm x 28cm (2' 2" x 11").
| $0 USD | €0 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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This unusual but utterly charming 'namakdan' (salt-bag) is piled on both faces and was made by Shahsevan tribes in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan at the end of the 19th century.
Size: 44cm x 30cm (1' 5" x 1' 0").
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Mafrash Side Panel, Shahsevan Nomads of ...

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I love the immense power being generated by this fabulous reverse-soumack panel which at one time, was the side of a complete 'mafrash' - a large storage bag. Many of these beautifully made bags were difficult to sell in the western markets and dealers in the bazaars of Azerbaijan and Iran would simply undo the stitching holding them together or cut them up, and sell them more easily in the form of individual panels. The specific weave used in this panel indicates that it was woven by the Shahsevan nomads of the Karadag region, probably during the early - mid 19th century.
Size: 78cm x 33cm (2' 7" x 1' 1").
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Contemporary Suzani, Lakai Uzbeks, Uzbekistan.

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The creation of an ancient art can be seen in this beautiful small Suzani, finely embroidered in silk, by Lakai Uzbeks in Uzbekistan in the last few years. Stunning!
Size: 89cm x 48cm (3' 0" x 1' 7").
| $0 USD | €0 EUR