Antique Caucasian Rug, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/SB

This beautiful rug from the Shirvan region of the eastern Caucasus contains a myriad of creatures and humans throughout the central field. The natural-dye colours are vibrant and the weaver has filled every conceivable space. The overall condition is very good with an evenly-low cropped pile producing a very crisp design. Made circa 1890-1900.
Size: 1.80m x 1.10m (5' 11" x 3' 7").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Bolvardi Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

Item Number
BM/BD2

This charming little rug with its beautiful light-green outer and inner borders, was possibly made by the Bolvardi taifeh of the Qashqa'i Confederacy circa 1890. The rug is in lovely condition with beautiful soft, glossy wool and a depiction of various animal life throughout the central field.
Size: 1.27m x 0.81m (4' 2" x 2' 8").
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Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM/GT3

A good early rug of the Teke Turkmen tribes, made in the Merv Oasis around 1860-1870.
The madder-red ground contains 3 vertical rows of 6 nicely rounded Teke 'guls' (tribal crests) and has a warm, glowing appeal. The 'elems' (skirts) are complete at each end and overall, the rug is in very good condition bar some tiny repairs in various places, expected in a rug of this age.
Size: 1.65m x 1.35m (5' 5" x 4' 5").
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Antique Qashqa'i Carpet, Fars Province, South-west Persia. ...

Item Number
BM1312

Just in, a fabulous 19th century Qashqa'i tribal small carpet in excellent condition and made by the Amaleh or Arab Cherpanlu taifeh. The field incorporates a myriad of the so-called Qashqa'i 'scorpion' design - where the scorpion woven and knotted into rugs and weavings is supposed to ward off live scorpions! In my experience, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't!! The weave is very fine and the wool quality soft, glossy and very pliable. A stunning carpet.
Size: 2.44m x 1.40m (8' 0" x 4' 7").
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Antique Soumak Carpet, Daghestan/Kuba Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/SMK

Just in, this stunning decorative Soumak carpet has wonderful, soft natural colours and is in very good overall condition bar some tiny areas requiring minor restoration. Acquired in Spain, it was apparently acquired by the family in 1909. I estimate the age is somewhere between 1880 and 1900.
Size: 3.20m x 2.24m (10' 6" x 7' 4").
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

Item Number
BM/TC

The madder-red field in this exceptionally fine Teke chuval (bedding-bag), can be compared to the most desirable reds in the weavings of the highly collectable Salor Turkmen. The chuval has highlights of cochineal-dye silk and was a very special piece when it was made. Although there is a small area of moth damage and the original selvedges are missing and the flat-woven back has long gone, the chuval still exudes power and intense beauty - a sign of the very highest quality work of the Teke weavers during the third quarter of the 19th century.
Size: 1.18m x 0.66m (3' 10" x 2' 2").
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Sariq Tribe, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM/JS2

An attractive chuval (bedding-bag) made by Sariq Turkmen circa 1900-1920. The bag is missing its original flat-woven back and is now more suitable for floor use.
Size:
£475

Antique Turkmen Igsalyk, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
BM/IG

A most attractive Igsalyk in complete and original condition, made by Yomut Turkmen at the end of the 19th century. The igsalyk was used for containing spindles, tent-pegs and water-pipes.
Size: 27cm x 100cm (10.5" x 3' 3") including tassels.
£475

Antique Salt-Bag, Zaggar Mangal Nomads, South-East Persian ...

Item Number
BM/FC2

A finely woven little salt-bag, made circa 1900 by Zaggar Mangal nomads in the south-east borderlands with Baluchistan. The back is the same as the front - beautiful work.
Size:
£475

Antique Bag-Face, Kurdish Tribes, Kurdistan.

Item Number
BM/KB

This bag-face was once part of a large saddle-bag and lost its other half at some point in the past! Made during the early 20th century, the side borders are missing and new selvedges added.
Size:
£175

Antique Turkmen Mafrash, Ersary Tribes, Northern Afghanistan. ...

Item Number
BM/ET

A charming little mafrash (personal belongings bag) woven in brocade technique with plain-weave cotton back. Made during the early 20th century, the bag is in very good condition.
Size: 81cm x 36cm (2' 8" x 1' 2").
£175

Antique Turkmen Jollar, Ersary Tribes, Northern Afghanistan. ...

Item Number
BM/EJ

The Jollar was used to decorate the wedding camel during the marriage procession. Made by Ersary Turkmen in north Afghanistan circa 1900, it is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.73m x 0.51m (5' 8" x 1' 8").
£350

Antique Salt-Bag, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan, North-East Persia. ...

Item Number
BM/BSB

Made by Baluch nomads during the early 20th century, this salt-bag (namakdan) is in very good condition, with a knotted-pile face and a plain-weave back.
Size:
£350

Antique Vanity-Bag, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan, North-East Persia. ...

Item Number
BM/BC

This small vanity-bag (chanteh) is complete and in knotted-pile on both faces. Made around the early 20th century, the bag is in excellent condition.
Size: 37cm x 33cm (14" x 13").
£275

Antique Salt-Bag, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, South ...

Item Number
BM/AFSB

A large and attractive salt-bag (namakdan) of the Afshar nomads, made circa 1900.
Size: 69cm x 53cm (2' 3" x 1' 9").
£375

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Possibly Shesh Boluki Tribe, ...

Item Number
BM1301

A truly gorgeous little rug of the Shesh Boluki taifeh of the Qashqa'i Confederacy, made circa 1890-1900. The rug, all vegetable dyes and in excellent condition, contains large curvilinear botehs in the indigo-blue field and surrounded by a myriad of birds and animals, including one solitary fat chicken! The wool is soft and shiny and the rug retains its original piled skirts at each end.
Size: 1.78m x 1.09m (5' 10" x 3' 7").
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Antique Early Caucasian Rug, Shirvan, East Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/GT1

Here we see one of the earliest of the so-called 'shield' design rugs from the Shirvan region, eastern Caucasus, dating to the early 19th century. The yellow field is rare and beautiful, and contains a myriad of symbolic shapes throughout - the dark-brown symbols having fairly heavy corrosion due to the iron mordant. Nevertheless, the rug is complete with evenly-low pile all over. Highly collectable.
Size: 1.22m x 1.16m (4' 0" x 3' 10").
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Antique Khamseh Confederacy Tribal Rug, Baharlu Sub-Tribe, ...

Item Number
BM/HD

This fabulous rug belongs to a rare tribal group within the Khamseh Confederacy - the Baharlu nomads. It is elegant in its drawing - the weaver probably inspired by the classical carpets during the 19th century. Made around 1870-1880, the beautiful vegetable colours just glow and the rug is in excellent overall condition with only very minor wear.
Size: 1.91m x 1.42m (6' 3" x 4' 8").
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
BM/AE4

Chuvals were made in pairs with flat-woven backs and were large bedding-bags for tying to the flanks of the camel during long migrations. This chuval has lost its flat-woven back - and its mate - but nevertheless a nice example made by Yomut Turkmen around 1900.
Size: 1.22m x 0.79m (4' 0" x 2' 7").
£950

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

Item Number
BM/AE2

Here we have a nice decorative Teke Turkmen rug in very good condition, made circa 1900.
Size: 1.40m x 1.12m (4' 7" x 3' 8").
£1,100

Antique Prayer-Rug, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

Item Number
BM/AE3

This charming prayer-rug, made by Baluch tribes around 1900, contains a camel-hair field with 'tree-of-life' rising upwards. The two panels on either side of the mihrab contain hands - a reminder where to place hands during prayer. In good condition.
Size: 1.73m x 0.92m (5' 8" x 3' 0").
£950

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz Region, Kerman ...

Item Number
BM/PB

Beautiful soft, glossy wool and wonderful vegetable colours abound in this lovely Afshar tribal rug, made around 1880. The indigo-blue field contains vases of flowers with stylised birds either side - a design known in Persian as 'zili sultan'.
Size: 1.53m x 1.28m (5' 0" x 4' 2").
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Antique Baby Cradle, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, ...

Item Number
BM/RS1

This charming flat-woven cradle with its myriad of tassels symbolically protecting the child, was ,made by Qashqa'i tribes around 1900. Imagine turning the cradle upsides down with the tassels hanging down and tying the long braided warped ends to a wooden frame, this is how it would look in tribal life - very much like how we use a hammock today!
Cradles like this are rare and this one was found in Iran. I've had it professionally washed and minor repair done to one of the corners, but otherwise, it is in excellent condition - bearing in mind the constant use it would have had.
Size: 74cm x 112cm (2' 5" x 3' 8") including tassels.
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Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

Item Number
BM/TW

Small antique gabbehs like this one are rare. Charming in its small size and depiction of a stylized person on one side and a tree-of-life on the other, the rug has wonderful natural colours. Made by Luri nomads at the end of the 19th century, the rug is in excellent condition.
81cm x 59cm (2' 8" x 1' 11")
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