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
| $9,061 USD | €7,517 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Suruq-Feraghan Area, North-West Persia.

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BM313

The natural colours in this finely-knotted rug are just beautiful.
Made in the area of Saruq-Feraghan in north-west Persia around 1890-1900, the madder-red field contains a beautifully-drawn tree - symbolically 'the tree-of-life' representing the three-level universe where the roots are in the underworld, the trunk is in the earthly world and the branches are in the world of the spirit. Two columns in pale green, rise up on either side of the tree to meet a mihrab with spandrels in stunning natural sky-blue. The rug is in excellent condition although a very minor outer border is missing.
Size: 1.93 x 1.30m (6' 4" x 4' 3").
£6,500
| $9,061 USD | €7,517 EUR

Antique Gendje Rug, Gendje, South-Western Caucasus.

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BM474

Small rugs like this one from the Gendje area in the south-west Caucasus are unusual.
The striking diagonal bands of indigo-blue and golden yellow fill the central field disappearing under the borders and out into infinity. Thus the weaver has captured a small part of Paradise and protected it by surrounding it with stunning borders. The ivory border is particularly attractive and the rug is complete albeit some minor loss to the lower outer border. The wool is lustrous and in full pile all-over. A superb little rug made circa 1900.
Size: 1.53 x 1.16m (5' 0" x 3' 10").
£5,500
| $7,667 USD | €6,361 EUR

Antique North-West Persian Zodiacal Rug, Ardebil, North-West ...

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BM286

Wow! What an amazing rug! You might call it 'zodiacal' but it is quite incredible!
Possibly made in the Ardebil area of north-west Persia circa 1900, it comprises a beautiful sky-blue mihrab depicting the Earth, Moon, Saturn, stars and zodiacal symbols. Note the little angel floating around the Earth - just beautiful. The condition is very good with evenly-low pile all over.
I have never seen anything else like this before but maybe a few will emerge from the woodwork after this, who knows!
Hang it on your wall and who needs a painting! And at a fraction of the cost!!
Size: 1.83 x 1.25m (6' 0" x 4' 1").
£5,500
| $7,667 USD | €6,361 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Kuba Region, Eastern Caucasus.

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BM214

This delightful little prayer-rug was made in the Kuba region, eastern Caucasus, circa 1900.
The madder-red field has a plethora of '8-pointed stars' - symbols of protection. The stars, in different natural colours, appear to disappear under the borders and out into infinity. The weaver has captured that small part of Paradise, built borders around it, to keep evil spirits from entering. The ivory main border with its symbols combination of '8-pointed stars' and 'quincunx' or 'fives', is extremely powerful and again, affording protection. The mihrab is highlighted in natural green and the rug is in very good condition, albeit the pile is evenly low all over.
I love it!
Size: 1.43 x 0.92m (4' 8" x 3' 0").
£5,500
| $7,667 USD | €6,361 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
| $7,667 USD | €6,361 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
| $7,667 USD | €6,361 EUR

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

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BM/FS4

This fabulous Turkmen 'engsi' - yurt-door rug - was made by Teke tribes around 1870 and is in near-mint condition. The glowing madder-red ground on the most glossy, velvet-like wool, shows the best quality Teke work done during the nineteenth century.
The engsi was made as a door-rug - hung at the entrance of the Turkmen yurt on the inside and symbolising the gateway to Paradise. The central 'cross' divides the field into the four gardens of Paradise, the pentagonal shape or 'kejebe' at the top represents power and fertility and the lower elem is the 'sky-door' or gateway to Paradise.
This ranks as one of the best Teke ensis of this period - a truly superb rug.
Size: 1.53 x 1.25m (5' 0" x 4' 1").
£4,750
| $6,622 USD | €5,493 EUR

Rare Antique Teke Turkmen Asmalyk, Merv Oasis, ...

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BM/FS2

A rare 'asmalyk' - a bridal wedding camel trapping - made by Teke tribes in the Merv Oasis of Turkmenistan during the mid 19th century. Asmalyks were made in pairs by the bride and hung on the flanks of the wedding camel during the bride's journey to her wedding ceremony. Symbolically, they represented power and fertility and when presented to the bridegroom as part of the bride's dowry, he would hang them inside the wedding yurt for the rest of their married days. Most asmalyks found on the world market today are from the Yomut Turkmen - those made by the Teke are rare. This stunning asmalyk, which is in excellent condition and complete with tassels, comprises vertical columns of trees known as 'gapyrga' in the Turkmen language.
Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 45, this is a highly collectible asmalyk.
Size: 60cm x 1.17m (2' 0" x 3' 10").
£4,500
| $6,273 USD | €5,204 EUR

Antique Silk Kashan Rug, Kashan, Central Persia. ...

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BM1530

Although I'm a tribal man at heart, I couldn't resist buying this beautiful, green-field, silk Kashan rug when it was offered to me recently. It was acquired in the 1960s from Liberty, London and had been hanging on the previous owner's wall since then - the hanging rings are still attached - so it has been well cared for and is in really excellent condition. I've just had it expertly washed and it is now glowing. Made in the early 20th century in Kashan, this rug is a wonderful example of early silk weaving in central Persia.
Size: 2.08 x 1.27m (6' 10" x 4' 2").
£4,500
| $6,273 USD | €5,204 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
| $6,273 USD | €5,204 EUR

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Region, North-East ...

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MAC17

A rare and charming rug of the Baluch nomads of Khorassan Province, north-east Persia and made around 1870-1880. The natural camel-hair field contains a myriad of stylised creatures - peacocks, deer, gazelle and even a little chicken at the very top left. The outer and inner borders contain seated camels and the main border, stylised peacocks - symbols of immortality and wealth. Note the ivory date inserted into the main border lower middle left .
The rug, which is in excellent condition, is complete with goat-hair selvedges and ivory elems.
Size: 1.53 x 0.91m (5' 0" x 3' 0").
£3,850
| $5,367 USD | €4,453 EUR