Antique Afshar Carpet, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, ...

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This beautiful nineteenth century Afshar tribal carpet is finely knotted with a highly stylised 'herati' pattern in the indigo-blue central field interspersed with 'double-headed birds heads' lozenges. The outer madder-red ground contains tiny stylised 'botehs' providing a powerful guard. The overall pile is evenly-low with no signs of any sporadic wear and the carpet is complete with plain-weave skirts each end.
This is truly a superb large carpet made by Afshar tribes in Kerman province, south Persia circa 1870 and has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Size: 2.74m x 1.47m (9' 0" x 4' 10").
| $6,404 USD | €5,541 EUR

Antique Afshar Tribal Carpet, Afshar Nomads, Kerman ...

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This small Afshar carpet was as large as these nomads would make on horizontal ground looms during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The indigo-blue central field contains a myriad of 'botehs' - flame symbols from the nearby Zoroastrians and the proto-type of the designs we know today as the Kashmiri shawl and Paisley patterns. Note the one sky-blue boteh in the lower left corner of the field - probably the weaver's signature.
Madder-red surrounds the central field and outer borders with small plant symbols scattered throughout and if you look very closely, you might spot an animal or three!
In excellent pile all over and retaining its long plain-weave skirts, this is a most attractive and decorative carpet.
Size: 2.56m x 1.46m (8' 5" x 4' 9").
| $4,719 USD | €4,083 EUR

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Sirjan Area, Kerman ...

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This charming small Afshar rug was made in the Sirjan area of south Persia during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. It has an overall design of interconnecting lozenges and an attractive inner red border, highlighted in golden-yellow. The overall condition of the rug is very good with some minor wear.
Size: 1.27m x 1.14m (4' 2" x 3' 9").
| $2,359 USD | €2,042 EUR

Antique Afshar Masnad, Afshar Nomads, Bardsir Region, ...

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This is a truly fabulous and very rare 'masnad' (seating-rug), made by Afshar nomads during the middle of the nineteenth century in the Bardsir region of Kerman Province, south Persia.
The 'masnad' was specifically made in a small, square size for the Khan or visiting dignitaries to sit on whilst giving an audience to the principal leaders amongst the tribe. The masnad was therefore a very special and highly prized rug, never intended for sale.
The design in this little masnad is rare. It probably depicts either a highly stylised lotus blossom or an open-winged eagle, amid vegetal patterns and embellished with stylised 'tree-of-life'.
See a similar example of the type in Parviz Tanavoli's 'Afshar - Tribal Weaves from South East Iran'.
Size: 1.20m x 1.09m (4' 0" x 3' 7").

Afshar Masnad, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, South ...

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A very fine, rare small rug, probably made as a 'masnad' - a very special rug made as a ceremonial king's rug - and made by Afshar nomads circa 1880.
When the king had no access to the royal throne, a small rug called a masnad substituted for the throne. The central lozenge is dramatic in rich, natural indigo-blue and the madder-red surrounding it contains typical small Afshar shrubs.
The rug is in very good condition, complete with additional narrow skirts at each end. A very special little rug.
Size: 1.04m x 1.04m (3' 5" x 3' 5").

Antique Afshar Rug, Sirjan Area, Kerman Province, ...

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What I love about this gorgeous little Afshar tribal rug is the powerful inner red and blue border, highlighted in golden-yellow. Other than that, the design is stunning with wonderful use of natural madder-red, two shades of indigo-blue, turquoise amongst others. Made around 1880 in the Sirjan area of south Persia, the Afshar refer to this field design of lozenges as 'bandi'.
In very good condition, the rug, like all my rugs, has been expertly washed, to enhance these superb vegetable colours.
Size: 1.42 x 1.22m (4' 8" x 4' 0").

Antique Afshar Rug, Neiriz, Kerman Province, South ...

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This very unusual rug was made by Afshar nomads around 1900 but with a rare ivory-ground and delicate use of flowers and vine-leaves. Extremely decorative and in my 40 years of dealing in rugs, I haven't come across this design in an Afshar rug before!
The rug is in very good overall condition.
Size: 1.55 x 1.34m (5' 1" x 4' 5").

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

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Here we see an elegant Afshar rug with an overall oatmeal-coloured field comprising vases of flowers emanating from both ends and stylised birds scattered throughout.
In excellent condition, this beautiful rug was made in the Sirjan region of southern Persia around 1900.
Size: 1.93m x 1.30m (6' 4" x 4' 3").

Antique Kerman Afshar Rug, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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Extremely finely knotted, this elegant rug was made by Afshar tribes in Kerman, southern Persia around 1860-1870. It is in very good condition with low-cropped woollen pile and a design of 2 stylized fish swimming around water-lilies in a water-garden - often referred to as the 'herati' pattern. The symbolic meaning of '2-fish' is happiness!
Size: 1.78m x 1.29m (5' 10" x 4' 3").

Antique Afshar Carpet, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, ...

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This elegant carpet was 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: 2.60m x 1.45m (8' 6" x 4' 10").

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Sirjan Area, Kerman ...

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This small, square Afshar rug is incredibly cute and might have been made as a 'masnad' or a seating rug, which would have been brought out for the Khan or other important dignitaries to sit on when visiting this Afshar family. Masnads are rare and this beautiful and elegant rug would have been made circa 1870-1880 - no later. The indigo-blue field contains a multitude of stylised floral motifs and guarded by a floral ivory main border.
Size: 1.30m x 1.22m (4' 3" x 4' 0").

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

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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").