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

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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").
| $9,986 USD | €8,498 EUR

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

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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").
| $7,323 USD | €6,232 EUR

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

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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").
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

Antique Kurdish Rug, Sa'uj Bulagh, Eastern Kurdistan. ...

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Just in and absolutely magnificent!
This fabulous full-pile rug made by Kurds in the area of Sa'uj Bulagh in the mid to third quarter of the nineteenth century has beautiful, natural, saturated colours. You need to look at the detail images to really see the colour in all its glory. The dark-brown dye was mordanted and has become slightly corroded in over 100 years but this is anything but a defect - it is very attractive to the point of creating a three dimensional look to the rug.
Good Kurdish rugs like this are a rare find these days and in this rug, which has absolutely no repairs and the most wonderful glossy wool, we see a masterpiece of nomadic woven art.
Size: 2.52m x 1.20m (8' 3" x 4' 0").
| $5,726 USD | €4,872 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Dokhtar-e-Qazi Sub-Tribe, ...

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A rare and beautiful Timuri prayer-rug of the Dokhtar-e-Qazi tribe made circa 1880.
Dokhtar-e-Qazi literally means 'daughter of the judge' - a sub tribe of the Timuri that occupied the border area of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan. The indigo-blue field is decorated with a small tree or shrub design which is peculiar to this tribe together with the distinctive pointed-shape mihrab. The rug is in excellent condition and is complete with flat-woven ends.
See my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' for a similar example and my recent article in the December 2018 Carpet Collector magazine covering the Timuri nomads.
Size: 1.43m x 1.13m (4' 8" x 3' 8").
| $5,326 USD | €4,532 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 Shirvan Rug, Shirvan, Eastern Caucasus

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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").
| $4,660 USD | €3,966 EUR

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

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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")
| $4,660 USD | €3,966 EUR

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

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This handsome carpet was made by Kizyl Ayak Turkmen tribes during the second half of the nineteenth century. The carpet comprises three vertical rows of nine Kizyl Ayak 'guls' - tribal crests - on a beautiful deep terracotta field. The carpet is in very good overall condition.
Size: TBC
| $4,327 USD | €3,682 EUR

Antique Lakai Uzbek Wedding Flat-Weave, Surkhan Darya ...

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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").
| $4,327 USD | €3,682 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Carpet, South-West Persia.

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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").
| $3,662 USD | €3,116 EUR

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

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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").
| $3,662 USD | €3,116 EUR