Contemporary Baluch Runner, North-East Iran.

Item Number
VS1

A beautiful example from a contemporary vegetable-dye project in north-eastern Iran during the 1990s using Baluch tribes.
The main border is in knotted-pile and the central field lozenges contain highlights of knotted-pile. The rest of the runner is woven in soumack technique - incredibly fine and beautiful work.
Size: tbc
£950

Antique Saddle-Bag Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

Item Number
BM/Shahsevan 2

As in the previous image of the pair to this one, we see a very rare knotted-pile bag-face of the Shahsevan nomads with the most beautiful, saturated natural colours.
Size: 53cm x 50cm (1' 9" x 1' 8").
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Antique Saddle-Bag Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

Item Number
BM/Shahsevan 1

Just arrived, a pair of very early and rare knotted-pile saddle-bag faces, made by Shahsevan nomads during the early 19th century in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan. Although missing their flat-woven backs, these bagfaces are highly collectable in todays market-place. The beautiful, saturated natural colours are just magnificent and the wool is soft and glossy.
Size: 53cm x 50cm (1' 9" x 1' 8").
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Antique Corridor Rug, Seichour, Eastern Caucasus.

Item Number
BM/AK

Wow! Not being at all biased, but this must be one of the best Seichour corridor rugs I've ever seen!
The fabulous green field is not just one shade of green but several striations or abrash. The weaver has quite obviously run out of natural green wool using different shades throughout. The main border is typically Seichour - like a wave design but powerful in its drawing. An incredibly beautiful corridor rug in very good condition from circa 1860-1870.
See the close-up images for better colour representation.
Size: 2.77m x 0.94m (9' 1" x 3' 1").
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Antique Anatolian Rug, Bergama, Western Turkey.

Item Number
BM/AE1

This beautiful rug from the Bergama region of western Anatolia consists of a stunning vegetable-dye green field depicting stylised floral motifs placed spontaneously throughout the field. The ivory highlighting produces an amazing glowing effect around these motifs - quite spectacular! The overall pile is evenly low but I would suggest a date of around 1850.
Size: 1.78m x 1.17m (5' 10" x 3' 10").
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Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Goklen Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

Item Number
BM/Goklen

A rare and beautiful wedding rug of the Goklen Turkmen made around 1870. The rug is in excellent condition and depicts a myriad of small 'dyrnak' guls throughout the central field and surrounded by a simple border often found on Goklen weavings. The natural-dye aubergine field has a beautiful palette and the 'elems' at each end have shades of golden yellow. A very collectable little rug made by the Goklen bride for her and future husband to stand on at the wedding ceremony and take their wedding vows.
Size: 1.50m x 1.04m (4' 11" x 3' 5").
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Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

Item Number
BM1265

A unique and rare little Baluch rug in excellent condition and with an unusual colour palette - mainly having an aubergine field. Made around 1870-1880, I haven't come across a Baluch like this before. It really is a beautiful rug.
Size: 1.42m x 0.90m (4' 8" x 3' 0")
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Antique Khamseh Confederacy Rug, Baharlu Tribe, Fars ...

Item Number
BM1281

A charming little rug of the Khamseh Confederacy Baharlu tribe, in very good condition, made around 1900.
Note the stylised birds in the middle madder-red border.
Size: 1.58m x 1.27m (5' 2" x 4' 2").
£1,450

Contemporary Gabbeh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
BM/1

A good example of the 1990s Qashqa'i Gabbeh production using superb quality, lustrous hand-spun wool and vegetable dyes.
In near-mint condition.
Size: tbc
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Antique Kurdish Vanity-Bag (chanteh), Sanjabi Sub-Tribe, Kurdistan. ...

Item Number
BM/JC

My love of 19th century vanity-bags ('chanteh' in Persian) has always been a passion since I first set eyes on one back in the 1980s. However many I've handled since then, I have rarely found one made by the Kurds. I have just acquired this gorgeous little chanteh, made by Sanjabi Kurds towards the latter part of the 19th century. The bag is woven in a technique known as extra weft wrapping which gives it a very strong and resilient feel. The back is woven in plain-weave with only some slight staining which I hope to have removed when it is washed.
Size: 23cm x 20cm (9" x 8").
£950

Antique Saddlebag Face, Khamseh Confederacy Tribes, South-West ...

Item Number
BM1270

This visually attractive saddlebag face was made by Khamseh Confederacy nomads in Fars Province, south-west Persia during the last quarter of the 19th century. The glowing indigo-blue field contains a myriad of peacocks - male and female - together with just one single quadruped - possibly a dog.
Size: 66cm x 66cm (2' 2" x 2' 2").
£850

Antique Baluch Chanteh (Vanity-Bag), Mahdad Khani Nomads, ...

Item Number
BM/TS

Double-sided knotted pile vanity-bags (chanteh) are rare. This one was found in Mashad, north-eastern Iran in 2001 and dates to the early 20th century. It was made, I suspect, by Mahdad Khani Baluch nomads and is in excellent condition.
Size: 36cm x 34cm (1' 2" x 1' 1").
£750

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

Item Number
BM/GD

I love the soft natural colours in this beautiful rug made by Afshar nomads in the Neiriz area of Kerman Province, southern Persia around 1900. The centre of the indigo-blue field depicts a massive flower-head with vases of flowers emanating from each end. The flower-heads then form the spandrels - disappearing out under the borders and into infinity. Small quadrupeds - possibly deer or gazelle can be seen around the central flower.
Size: 1.70m x 1.25m (5' 7" x 4' 1").
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Antique Baluch Rug, Mahdad Khani Tribe, Khorassan, ...

Item Number
MAC22

An extremely handsome rug in near-mint condition, made by the Mahdad Khani Baluch tribe in Khorassan Province, north-east Persia circa 1880. The rug has an unusual compartmentalised design of Turkmen-inspired 'kotchak' symbols and is complete with full plain-weave and brocaded skirts each end. A very collectable rug.
Size:2.44m x 1.17m (8' 0" x 3' 10").
£2,500

Antique Kordi Tribal Bag-face, Quchan Region, Khorassan ...

Item Number
BM/JA2

Like the previous bag-face, this beautiful weaving was made by Kordi tribes in the Quchan region of north-east Persia circa 1900. The colours are beautifully vegetable and the soumak weave is fine and superbly executed. As mentioned in the previous description, I'm not convinced such pieces were made as 'balishts' (pillow-bags) as the weave is not condusive to laying one's head on! Therefore, I suspect they were dowry pieces, showing the prowess of the weaver as a desirable wife, and they might have been simply decorative to these nomads. Today, in the western world, they can also be decorative - used to cover a chest or table-top.
Size: 69cm x 36cm (2' 3" x 1' 2").
£550

Antique Bag-face (balisht), Kordi Tribes of Quchan, ...

Item Number
BM/JA1

The 'balisht' was made as a pillow-bag - usually with the softest, most lustrous woollen pile. However, I'm not convinced that these Kordi soumak-weave bag-faces were used for this purpose due to the coarse weave. I have never seen a Kordi 'balisht' like this with a back, which makes me wonder about their original use and not, I suspect, as a pillow-bag. Maybe they were dowry pieces - very finely and intricately woven, and possibly used as some sort of cover? Whatever they were, they are most attractive weavings and ideal for western use in decorating a chest or table-top.
Size: 87cm x 38cm (2' 10" x 1' 3").
£550

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
BM/Khamseh

This charming little rug was made by Arab nomads within the Khamseh Confederacy - a confederation of 5 tribes - in Fars Province, south-west Persia circa 1900. The rug is in excellent condition - full pile - with a glowing indigo-blue field and spandrels of madder-red. Within the spandrels are stylised peacocks - symbols of immortality and divine protection.
Size: 1.60m x 1.15m (5' 3" x 3' 9").
£1,450

Antique Turkmen Rug, Ersary Tribes, Middle Amu ...

Item Number
BM/Ersary

Here we see a most unusual rug of the Middle Amu Darya Ersary nomads comprising a compartmentalised design containing lozenges with a multitude of small shrubs. The natural colours are beautifully soft and the rug is in overall very good condition albeit with an evenly-low pile all over.
Size: 1.27m x 0.82m (4' 2" x 2' 8").
£1,450

Antique Afshar Carpet, Kerman Province, Southern Persia. ...

Item Number
BM/MH

Just in, this elegant carpet made by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province, southern Persia, circa 1870-1880. The carpet is in very good overall condition and comprises a 'boteh' design on a madder-red ground - the boteh or flame symbol, originally believed to have originated in Kerman amongst the Zoroastrians. The carpet retains its plain-weave kilim skirts at both ends and I like the depiction of the three small quadrupeds in the lower left side of the red field.
Size: 2.62m x 1.48m (8' 7" x 4' 10").
£2,750

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

Item Number
BM2

Here we see a good early prayer-rug made by Timuri nomads around 1860. The indigo-blue field contains a stylised 'tree-of-life' and the brocaded skirts at each end are intact - a rare feature these days. The rug is in very good overall condition, albeit having the usual brown-dye corrosion, more obvious in the lower part of the field.
Size: 1.40m x 0.97m (4' 7" x 3' 2").
£1,750

Antique Turkmen Engsi (yurt-door rug), Teke Tribes, ...

Item Number
BM1248

This magnificent Engsi - a rug used as a yurt-door hanging - was made by Teke Turkmen tribes in the Merv Oasis around 1850-1860. The rug has a beautiful colour palette - predominantly madder-red - a rare main border design and in excellent condition with very soft, velvety wool.
Size: 1.40m x 1.09m (4' 7" x 3' 7").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Baluch Sanjrani Nomads, Chagai, Baluchistan. ...

Item Number
BM/FC

Made by the Sanjrani Baluch nomads in Dalbandin, Chagai region of Baluchistan circa 1900-1920, this salt-bag is in complete, original condition and retains its long braided tassels - symbolising good luck - and the tassels also contain cowrie shells.
Size: 61cm (2') including tassels x 27cm (11").
£650

Antique Saddle-Bags, Afshar Nomads, Southern Persia.

Item Number
JH1

These saddle-bags or 'khorjin' in Persian, were made by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province, southern Persia around 1880, and are in very good condition with original plain-weave back. The knotted-pile faces were made with good lustrous wool from the mountain sheep and leather binding has been over-sewn at each end of the bridge resiliance. They have been well-used as can be seen by the back, yet remain attractive and collectable bags of which few complete saddle-bags from this 19th century period have survived.
Size: 1.30m x 0.65m (4' 3" x 2' 2").
£850

Antique Zili (tent-hanging), Baku Region, Azerbaijan.

Item Number
DR1

Illustrated in the newly 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 just 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").
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