Old Salt-Bag, Baluch Nomads, Western Afghanistan.

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BM/SB

This charming salt-bag (namakdan) was woven in a mix of knotted-pile and flatweave by Baluch nomads in western Afghanistan during the first half 20th century. A very unusual weaving technique, the bag is complete with brocaded top and plain-weave back involving a chevron design.
Size: tbc
£125
| $166 USD | €142 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Konya, Central Anatolia

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BM/K1

This charming prayer-rug with its plain central mihrab was made in the Konya area of central Anatolia in the mid 19th century. The overall condition is good with evenly-low pile.
Size: 1.63m x 1.07m (5' 4" x 3' 6").
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Contemporary Suzani, Lakai Uzbeks, Uzbekistan.

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BM/VK3

The creation of an ancient art can be seen in this beautiful small Suzani, finely embroidered in silk, by Lakai Uzbeks in Uzbekistan in the last few years. Stunning!
Size: 89cm x 48cm (3' 0" x 1' 7").
£275
| $366 USD | €312 EUR

Antique Baluch Rug, Ferdows Region, South-East Persia. ...

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BM/NH

This is an unusual and lovely antique example of the Ferdows group of Baluchis, made during the last quarter of the 19th century. The rug has an attractive palette of light and dark blues, golden yellow, ivory and madder-red.
Size: 1.30m x 0.80m (4' 3" x 2' 7").
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

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BM/TR

This is an early Teke rug made with cochineal-dye wool, from the mid 19th century and originating from the Akhal Oasis in Turkmenistan.
The overall small 'gul' pattern in the central field is rare in rugs of the Teke nomads and more often found in their chuvals (bedding bags).
Note how the weaver started the border (base of rug) with the small 'gul' symbols but then changed her mind by knotting a different border pattern which then powerfully framed the field. The knotted 'elems' or skirts are beautifully drawn and although the overall condition of the pile is evenly low, it doesn't seem to detract from the rug when it's on the floor.
This a truly rare and fabulous example of early Teke work.
Size: 1.65m x 1.22m (5' 5" x 4' 0").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Kordi Tribes of Quchan, North-East ...

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BM1328

This is an unusual flat-weave and brocade prayer-rug made by Kordi tribes in the Quchan region of north-eastern Persia, circa 1890-1900. The overall condition is good with very slight wear in the lower part of the rug.
Size: 1.22m x 0.74m (4' 0" x 2' 5").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique Half Saddle-Bag, Baluch Tribes, North-East Persia. ...

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BM/MT

A charming and relatively rare half saddle-bag with an indigo-blue field of cockerels - symbolically the harbinger of the day and dispeller of the night. The bag is in fairly good condition although it has seen wear during quite possibly, a hard life! The back is missing but otherwise complete all round with lappits at the very top. Bags made by the Baluch with cockerels in the field are considered quite rare and collectable. This bag is by no means 'best of type' but charming nevertheless, and this is reflected in the price.
Size: 71cm x 69cm (2' 4" x 2' 3").
£475
| $632 USD | €538 EUR

Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BMac12

Old gabbehs are rare and particularly in good condition. They were heavily used by the nomads for everyday rugs in the tents and for use as blankets during the long cold nights. Therefore few of this age survive and today have become very collectable in the world market.
This wonderful old gabbeh, made by Luri nomads in western Persia circa 1890-1900, has beautiful soft, lustrous wool, all vegetable colours and with a bold geometric design.
The use of sky-blue in the outer minor borders is particularly attractive.
Size: 2.10m x 1.28m (6' 11" x 4' 2").
£1,800
| $2,397 USD | €2,040 EUR

Antique Luri Rug, Luristan, Western Persia.

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BMac11

A charming little rug made by Luri nomads around 1900 with a madder-red field of small shrubs or flowers. The rug is in very good pile with complete ends. The selvedges have been re-bound, otherwise no repairs whatsoever.
Size: 1.30m x 0.99m (4' 3" x 3' 3").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Balisht, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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BMac5

The wool quality in this 'balisht' is soft and lustrous. Of course it had to be, as the 'balisht' was a pillow-bag for resting one's head on at night and for lounging on during the day. Balishts are quite different from grain-bags which were much coarser in weave and wool quality and used for harder work. Many antique balishts found today have had their backs removed by unscrupulous dealers who thought they had a better chance of selling them as small floor rugs! This beautiful example is complete with original plain-weave back, made by Baluch nomads around 1900 with a natural camel-hair field.
Size: 89cm x 43cm (2' 11" x 1' 5").
£550
| $732 USD | €623 EUR

Antique Bijar Rug, Bijar, North-West Persia.

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BMac3

This charming little rug in full, lustrous pile, was made in the Bijar region of north-west Persia during the first half of the 20th century. The overall design, in natural colours, is called in Persian 'herati' - symbolising two fish swimming around water-lilies in a water-garden.
Size: 96cm x 70cm (3' 2" x 2' 3").
£450
| $599 USD | €510 EUR

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

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BM/TC

The madder-red field in this exceptionally fine Teke chuval (bedding-bag), can be compared to the most desirable reds in the weavings of the highly collectable Salor Turkmen. The chuval has highlights of cochineal-dye silk and was a very special piece when it was made. Although there is a small area of moth damage and the original selvedges are missing and the flat-woven back has long gone, the chuval still exudes power and intense beauty - a sign of the very highest quality work of the Teke weavers during the third quarter of the 19th century.
Size: 1.18m x 0.66m (3' 10" x 2' 2").
£875
| $1,165 USD | €991 EUR