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").
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Antique Senneh Mat, Kurdish Tribes of Senneh, ...

Item Number
BM/SA

This charming little mat was made by settled Kurdish tribes in Senneh - originally Sanandaj - capital of Persian Kurdistan - around 1880-1900. The mat is in good overall condition with a very fine knotted weave and all the colours are natural. The overall design is called the 'herati' - stylised fish swimming in a water-garden.
Size: 1.00m x 0.56m (3' 3" x 1' 10").
£650

Antique Lesghi Rug, Lesghian Tribes, South-Western Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/DR

This rug is amazing! Full pile and great overall condition for a rug made in Lesghi territory, south-western Caucasus around 1880-1890. The colours are fabulous - rich vegetable dyes predominate - and the glowing indigo-blue field containing 3 'Lesghi stars' outlined in madder-red and beautiful rich green. The main ivory border is powerful and symbolically frames and protects the inner Paradise. A truly magnificent, collectable rug.
Size: 1.83m x 1.22m (6' 0" x 4' 0").
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Antique Hamadan Rug, Hamadan Region, North-West Persia. ...

Item Number
BM/ES

I rarely find Hamadan rugs that excite me but here is, I have to say, a truly fabulous one!
I love the colour palette with the indigo-blue field on which is depicted angular, stylised fish - a water-garden design. All the colours are vegetable and I would say the rug was made around 1900. Apart from having the selvedges re-bound expertly, the rug has no repairs and is in very good condition.
Size: 1.96m x 1.05m (6' 5" x 3' 5").
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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").
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Antique Baluch 'Ru-Zini' (saddle-cover), Salar Khani Sub-Tribe, ...

Item Number
BM1

Taken from my private collection and illustrated in my newly published 3rd edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 128, this rare and finely knotted Salar Khani Baluch saddle-cover was made circa 1880-1890. It comprises an overall 'herati' pattern - stylised fish swimming in a water-garden - and has stylised quadrupeds - probably deer or gazelle - depicted throughout. In near-mint condition, the wool quality is superb, as you'd expect from the best of 19th century Baluch work, and as far as I'm aware, few like this exist.
Size: 1.22m x 0.66m (4' 0" x 2' 2").
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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, this rare and beautiful Zili has been subjected to a water leak, and although washed thoroughly and now in good shape, there has been very slight colour fading, particularly at the top. I sold this flat-weave 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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Antique Shahsevan Mafrash Panel Flatweave, Moghan Region, ...

Item Number
DR2

Here we see four Shahsevan mafrash (bedding-bag) panels expertly sewn together to make a floor rug. The panels are stunning - stylised peacocks dominating the complete piece - a most attractive way of displaying individual panels.
Size: 1.88m x 1.04m (6' 2" x 3' 5").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri - Salar Khani Tribes, ...

Item Number
DR3

Just arrived, a beautiful, finely-knotted prayer-rug made by Salar Khani nomads, a sub-tribe of the Timuri, around 1900. The overall field design consists of small Turkmen 'kochaks' with the borders framing the central field most attractively. The rug is in excellent condition with intricately brocaded skirts at each end. A truly stunning little rug.
Size: 1.48m x 0.89m (4' 10" x 2' 11").
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Antique Afshar Rug, Neiriz, Kerman Province, Southern ...

Item Number
JH2

This small Afshar rug, made in the Neiriz region of Kerman Province in southern Persia circa 1900, has an ivory ground incorporating a 'herati' style pattern. The rug is complete and other than some brown-dye corrosion, is in reasonably good condition and priced accordingly.
Size: 1.40m x 1.17m (4' 7" x 3' 10").
£850

Antique Khorjin (mini saddle-bags), Afshar Nomads, Neiriz ...

Item Number
BM/Khorj

This gorgeous pair of mini saddle-bags ('khorjin' in Persian), depict roses in each of the bag-faces and roses in the ivory border. The rose originated in Persia before being grown in France and the UK. The use of a pea-green colour in the central field of each bag-face is unusual and I love the 'bridge' with its symbolic flowing water - important of course, in order to keep the roses alive! This khorjin is in near-mint condition with its original madder-red plain-weave back.
Size: 87cm x 34cm (2' 10" x 1' 1").
£1,250

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

Item Number
BM/MT

Recently arrived from Turkmenistan, this beautiful Turkmen torba was made by Ersary nomads in the Beshir area of the middle Amu Darya region circa 1860/1870. The subtle natural colours are outstanding and the torba is in near-mint condition with a soft, lustrous woollen pile.
Size: 1.45m x 0.33m (4' 9" x 1' 1").
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Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-East Persia. ...

Item Number
BM/JA

This magnificent large Baluch tribal rug has an overall design of stylised flowers in wonderful natural colours. The rug was found in a grubby condition hanging on a wall, and therefore has been preserved, due to its near-mint condition. It even retains its complete flat-woven skirts at each end - quite remarkable. Now washed, the wool is soft and lustrous and the rug is ready for an inviting floor!
Size: 2.50m x 1.35m (8' 3" x 4' 5").
£3,500

Flat-weave, Shahsevan Tribes of Varamin, North-Central Persia. ...

Item Number
BM1241

Visually stunning! The symbolic depiction of flowing water in this 'eye-dazzler' flat-weave made in the Varamin region of north-central Persia by Shahsevan nomads around 1880.
Size: 2.00m x 1.32m (6' 7" x 4' 4").
£1,500

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

Item Number

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").
£1,250

Antique Prayer-Rug, Konya, Central Anatolia.

Item Number
BM/Konya

Here we see a rare and early prayer-rug made in Konya, central Anatolia during the mid 19th century. Apart from the pile being low in the red central mihrab, the rug is in good, complete condition and is ideal as a wall-hanging rather than exposing it to further heavy floor use. The natural colours are beautiful and the powerful main border which protects the simplistic, minimalistic mihrab, is beautifully drawn.
Size: 1.63m x 1.07m (5' 4" x 3' 6").
£2,350

Antique Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan. ...

Item Number
BM1

Dining Sofrehs were spread out in the tent during mealtimes and bowls of food placed upon it. The nomads would then sit around the sofreh, cross-legged, and enjoy eating and good conversation. This truly magnificent sofreh with its intricate brocading throughout, was made by Timuri nomads around 1880-1900 and is in excellent condition. It is a fabulous example of these now very rare sofrehs.
Size: 1.75m x 0.76m (5' 9" x 2' 6").
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Antique Saddle-Bagface, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
BM/CB

A little the worse for wear but utterly charming, this once face of complete saddle-bags has a glorious indigo-blue field with ivory lozenge in the centre incorporating the Qashqa'i symbolic 'scorpion' design. Within the indigo-blue field can be seen small stylised quadrupeds.
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Antique Engsi (yurt-door rug), Yomut Turkmen Tribes, ...

Item Number
BM1257

Another magnificent Engsi - yurt-door rug), made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan around the first half of the 19th century. 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 of the Yomut Turkmen.
Size: 1.63m x 1.24m (5' 4" x 4' 1").
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Rare Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Khorassan Region, ...

Item Number
BM/PS

Afshar rugs made in the Khorassan region of north-east Persia are rare. This stunning little rug with its two large Turkmen 'guls' on a glowing indigo-blue field, is superb. The guls incorporate a vegetable-dye rose-pink - an unusual but early colour also seen in the inner border. The rug oozes quality and has a strong Turkmen presence - an indication of the Afshar origins in eastern Turkistan before their mass migrations into Persia and eastern Anatolia in the 11th century.
Size: 1.40m x 1.09m (4' 7" x 3' 7")
SOLD