Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Bolvardi Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

Item Number
BM/BD2

This charming little rug with its beautiful light-green outer and inner borders, was possibly made by the Bolvardi taifeh of the Qashqa'i Confederacy circa 1890. The rug is in lovely condition with beautiful soft, glossy wool and a depiction of various animal life throughout the central field.
Size: 1.27m x 0.81m (4' 2" x 2' 8").
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Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM/GT3

A good early rug of the Teke Turkmen tribes, made in the Merv Oasis around 1860-1870.
The madder-red ground contains 3 vertical rows of 6 nicely rounded Teke 'guls' (tribal crests) and has a warm, glowing appeal. The 'elems' (skirts) are complete at each end and overall, the rug is in very good condition bar some tiny repairs in various places, expected in a rug of this age.
Size: 1.65m x 1.35m (5' 5" x 4' 5").
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Antique Soumak Carpet, Daghestan/Kuba Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/SMK

Just in, this stunning decorative Soumak carpet has wonderful, soft natural colours and is in very good overall condition bar some tiny areas requiring minor restoration. Acquired in Spain, it was apparently acquired by the family in 1909. I estimate the age is somewhere between 1880 and 1900.
Size: 3.20m x 2.24m (10' 6" x 7' 4").
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

Item Number
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").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Possibly Shesh Boluki Tribe, ...

Item Number
BM1301

A truly gorgeous little rug of the Shesh Boluki taifeh of the Qashqa'i Confederacy, made circa 1890-1900. The rug, all vegetable dyes and in excellent condition, contains large curvilinear botehs in the indigo-blue field and surrounded by a myriad of birds and animals, including one solitary fat chicken! The wool is soft and shiny and the rug retains its original piled skirts at each end.
Size: 1.78m x 1.09m (5' 10" x 3' 7").
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Antique Khamseh Confederacy Rug, Arab Jabareh Taifeh, ...

Item Number
BM/SC1

This charming little rug was made by the Arab Jabareh tribe of the Khamseh Confederacy around 1890-1900. It comprises a myriad of birds, chickens, double-headed sun-birds and two human figures in the centre. The indigo-blue field glows and the rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.53m x 1.07m (5' 0" x 3' 6").
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Antique Early Caucasian Rug, Shirvan, East Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/GT1

Here we see one of the earliest of the so-called 'shield' design rugs from the Shirvan region, eastern Caucasus, dating to the early 19th century. The yellow field is rare and beautiful, and contains a myriad of symbolic shapes throughout - the dark-brown symbols having fairly heavy corrosion due to the iron mordant. Nevertheless, the rug is complete with evenly-low pile all over. Highly collectable.
Size: 1.22m x 1.16m (4' 0" x 3' 10").
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Antique Khamseh Confederacy Tribal Rug, Baharlu Sub-Tribe, ...

Item Number
BM/HD

This fabulous rug belongs to a rare tribal group within the Khamseh Confederacy - the Baharlu nomads. It is elegant in its drawing - the weaver probably inspired by the classical carpets during the 19th century. Made around 1870-1880, the beautiful vegetable colours just glow and the rug is in excellent overall condition with only very minor wear.
Size: 1.91m x 1.42m (6' 3" x 4' 8").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz Region, Kerman ...

Item Number
BM/PB

Beautiful soft, glossy wool and wonderful vegetable colours abound in this lovely Afshar tribal rug, made around 1880. The indigo-blue field contains vases of flowers with stylised birds either side - a design known in Persian as 'zili sultan'.
Size: 1.53m x 1.28m (5' 0" x 4' 2").
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Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

Item Number
BM/TW

Small antique gabbehs like this one are rare. Charming in its small size and depiction of a stylized person on one side and a tree-of-life on the other, the rug has wonderful natural colours. Made by Luri nomads at the end of the 19th century, the rug is in excellent condition.
81cm x 59cm (2' 8" x 1' 11")
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Antique Rifle-Cover, Baluchi or Kochi Nomads, Afghanistan. ...

Item Number
BM/SC

Just arrived from Afghanistan, this rare and beautifully embroidered rifle-cover, made by either Baluchi or Kochi nomads. The embroidery is fine and delicate and it contains a multitude of tiny glass mirrors and beadwork. Rifle-covers are rare and very collectable.
Size: 1.12m x 17cm at the butt end (3' 8" x 7").
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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 Qashqa'i Carpet, Fars Province, South-west Persia. ...

Item Number
BM1312

Just in, a fabulous 19th century Qashqa'i tribal small carpet in excellent condition and made by the Amaleh or Arab Cherpanlu taifeh. The field incorporates a myriad of the so-called Qashqa'i 'scorpion' design - where the scorpion woven and knotted into rugs and weavings is supposed to ward off live scorpions! In my experience, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't!! The weave is very fine and the wool quality soft, glossy and very pliable. A stunning carpet.
Size: 2.44m x 1.40m (8' 0" x 4' 7").
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Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Merv Oasis, ...

Item Number
BM/GD

This is one of the finest knotted Teke rugs I've had the pleasure of handling. The wool quality is the very best - soft, lustrous and glossy. The natural madder-red colour is as good as it gets! Fabulous.
Size: 1.62m x 1.14m (5' 4" x 3' 9")
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