Antique Shadda, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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BM/MJ1

A rare and magnificent flatweave called a 'Shadda', from the Shahsevan tribes of the Moghan region in Azerbaijan.
The flat-weave is in original condition, bar a few tiny holes, and had been hanging in a London house for 20 years. Dating to circa 1850, the shadda contains four rows of camel caravans on migration. A truly fabulous and highly collectable flatweave that was once an important dowry weaving.
Size: 2.06m x 1.98m (6' 9" x 6' 6").
£12,000
| $15,978 USD | €13,597 EUR

Antique Heriz Carpet, Heriz, North-West Persia.

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BM/SJ2

This magnificent Heriz carpet comprises beautiful natural colours and will complement any room.
In excellent overall condition with minor wear. Better photos to follow.
4.30m x 3.00m (14' x 10').
£7,500
| $9,986 USD | €8,498 EUR

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

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DR1

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").
£7,500
| $9,986 USD | €8,498 EUR

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
| $8,655 USD | €7,365 EUR

Antique Lion Gabbeh, Qashqa'i - Kashkuli Tribe, ...

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BM/ES1

Wow!! A rare and fabulous lion gabbeh has just arrived from Iran!
Gabbehs like this are very rare these days and this is a particularly finely-knotted and exceptional lion rug, made by the Kashkuli taifeh within the Qashqa'i Confederacy around 1850-1870. The lion, which roamed the Zagros Mountains in western Iran until the last sighting of a carcass in the 1950s, is superbly drawn in this magnificent gabbeh.
The male lion depicted here is as good as any in Parviz Tanavoli's book 'Lion Rugs' book but for a similar example, see page 81. Tanavoli wrote this book in 1985 and estimated the gabbeh featured on page 81 to be well over 100 years old back then.
The four 'crowns' in pale-blue represent the lion as king and symbolised bravery to the nomadic Kashkuli tribe. They were used in the black tents on a daily basis and thus very few have survived today. This gabbeh has had an area of re-knotting which can be seen at the back and tail area of the lion and which has been very well done. However, to match the superior quality and colour of the old wool, this is very difficult today.
The importance of the lion in ancient Persia was such that Persia was called 'the land of lions'.
Size: 1.90m x 1.40m (6' 3" x 4' 7").
£6,500
| $8,655 USD | €7,365 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
| $7,323 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").
£4,500
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

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

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BM/BM2

Just magnificent! This superb early example of Shekarlu - Qashqa'i weaving was made during the third quarter of the nineteenth century and depicts a field of narrow vertical columns incorporating small angular 'botehs'. What is particularly attractive is the powerful main border with its diagonal bands in beautiful natural-dye shades of colour. The long brocaded skirts at both ends of the rug are very attractive and virtually complete. This is a highly collectible rug as well as being extremely decorative - washed and ready for floor use.
Size: 2.09m x 1.50m (6' 10" x 5' 0").
£4,500
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

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

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BM/FS1

A magnificent Engsi (yurt door rug) made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan around 1830-1850.
The madder-red central panels depict a beautifully drawn 'asik' pattern - (small trees) - with the four divided panels symbolically depicting the 'four gardens of Paradise'. Particularly striking, are the 'elems' - the bottom elem in gorgeous indigo sky-blue and depicting stylised 'trees-of-life'.
This is a rare, important and highly collectable engsi.
Size: 1.63m x 1.24m (5' 4" x 4' 1").
£4,500
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Tribal Rug, Baharlu Sub-Tribe, ...

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BM/BM1

This beautifully elegant rug contains four vertical rows of six 'botehs' with smaller 'botehs' inside each - symbols of fertility and always referred to as 'mother & child' botehs. In excellent complete condition, this rug was made by the Baharlu taifeh (sub-tribe) of the Confederation of five tribes, known as the Khamseh Confederacy, based in south-west Persia and made circa 1900. The ivory field is full of double-headed sunbirds and small stylised chickens, all pecking at seeds on the ground. This is a superb example of the type.
Size: 1.90m x 1.30m (6' 3" x 4' 3").
£3,750
| $4,993 USD | €4,249 EUR

Antique Bakhtiari Rug, The Chahar Mahal, Western ...

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BM1511

Wow! An amazing and powerful design of five sky-blue 'botehs' on an ivory ground surrounded by flower-heads. This is an incredible Bakhtiari rug - certainly with a rare and unique field design which is hugely appealing - particularly to me anyway - and I hope you like it too!
Made in the Chahar Mahal area of western Persia circa 1900, this rug is in excellent pile and condition with no repairs whatsoever.
Size: 2.09m x 1.40m (6' 10" x 4' 7").
£3,500
| $4,660 USD | €3,966 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM/JS1

Dated 1334 in the Islamic calendar (1916 in the solar calendar), this magnificent rug was probably made by a sub-tribe of the Qashqa'i Confederacy - possibly the Bolvardi or even a Luri tribe? It is in excellent pile all over and is complete with its additional skirts at each end. The indigo-blue field contains three large 'birds-heads' lozenges incorporating the 'scorpion' symbol within and the field is scattered with various symbols and plants. What is particularly attractive, is the stunning use of green in the central lozenge. This is a most attractive early 20th century piece with natural colours - probably the last vestiges of true nomadic art.
PS: For US buyers, please note that this rug is easily available without any embargo issues.
Size: 2.24m x 1.23m (7' 4" x 4' 0").
£3,500
| $4,660 USD | €3,966 EUR