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 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").
£350

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").
£350

Antique Germech (engsi door panel), Ersary Turkmen ...

Item Number
BM/EG

The 'germech' was made as the panel to go underneath the engsi (door rug) at the entrance to the Turkmen yurt. Few germech are found complete these days - in actual fact, germech are rare.
This stunning germech was made by Ersary Turkmen nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century. What is amazing about this piece, is that it is absolutely complete with tasselled lower skirt and complete braided cords for tying the germech to the yurt struts. The inner field design is unusual as is the main border with its Turkmen 'tree' pattern - more akin to the designs of the Sariq Turkmen. In mint condition, this is a truly wonderful piece of nomadic art!
1.20m x 0.50m (4' 0" x 1' 8").
£850

Antique Turkmen Torba, Ersary Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM/JS1

The wool quality in this torba is soft, lustrous and glossy. In very good condition, it was made by Ersary Turkmen circa 1900.
Size:
SOLD

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

Item Number
BM/MS

This charming salt-bag (namakdan) has a knotted-pile face and a plain-weave back in horizontal bands of coloured wool and white cotton.
Size:
SOLD