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

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BM/GD

I love the soft natural colours in this beautiful rug made by Afshar nomads in the Neiriz area of Kerman Province, southern Persia around 1900. The centre of the indigo-blue field depicts a massive flower-head with vases of flowers emanating from each end. The flower-heads then form the spandrels - disappearing out under the borders and into infinity. Small quadrupeds - possibly deer or gazelle can be seen around the central flower.
Size: 1.70m x 1.25m (5' 7" x 4' 1").
£1,850

Antique Afshar Carpet, Kerman Province, Southern Persia. ...

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BM1302

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: 2.62m x 1.48m (8' 7" x 4' 10").
£2,750

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

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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").
£950

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

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BM/JA

This charming little square rug was probably a 'masnad' - a rug specifically made for visiting dignitaries such as the Shah or Khan to sit on when visiting this particular group of Afshar nomads at the end of the 19th century. The simple madder-red field is visually attractive as is the flower, bursting into life in the very centre - the mirror image of two vases emanating upwards at each end. Overall, the rug has an evenly low pile but no areas of severe wear, thus the reasonable price.
Size: 1.37m x 1.27m (4' 6" x 4' 2").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz Region, Kerman ...

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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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Rare Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Khorassan Region, ...

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

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BM/GM

The vibrancy of the glowing indigo-blue brings out the best in this beautiful rug made by Afshar nomads around 1900. The rug is in excellent condition with a soft, velvety pile and retains its plain-weave skirts at each end.
Size: 1.93m x 1.48m (6' 4" x 4' 10").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz, Kerman Province, ...

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BM1193

This beautiful Afshar 'vase' rug, on an ivory ground, was made by Afshar tribes in the Neiriz area of southern Persia around 1900. All the colours are from vegetable-dyes and the rug is in very good overall condition.
Size: 1.93m x 1.57m (6' 4" x 5' 2")
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Antique Afshar Rug, Afshar Tribes, Southern Persia ...

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BM916

This very attractive rug was made by Afshar tribes in the province of Kerman during the last quarter of the 19th century. All the colours are natural and it is in good condition overall.
Size: 2.13m x 1.45m (7' 0" x 4' 9").
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Antique Afshar Rug, Kerman Province, South Persia ...

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BM978

This is an attractive and most decorative Afshar rug, made around 1900 in Kerman Province, southern Persia by Afshar tribes. The rug is all vegetable dyes and in excellent condition.
Size: 1.90m x 1.42m (6' 3" x 4' 8").
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Antique Kerman Afshar Rug, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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BM743

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

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BM1215

I found this magnificent Afshar tribal rug in an old English country house and I was sure it had never seen the light of day, never mind its filthy state! This was an exciting find as I knew that a good bath would bring up the glorious vegetable colours - and, as you can see from the photos, it certainly did! This is an early example of Afshar work - probably circa 1860-1870, made by Afshar nomads in the Sirjan region of southern Persia. The rug is complete with long plain-weave and brocaded skirts each end and overall is in good condition.
Size: 1.68m x 1.35m (5' 6" x 4' 5").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz, Kerman Province, ...

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BM699

This stunning rug of the Afshar tribes of Neiriz in Kerman Province, southern Persia, was made around 1900. What I just love, is the use of a beautiful vegetable green in the floral lozenges which seems to shine out in that garden of paradise! The colour combination is wonderful and the rug is in very good condition.
Size: 1.80m x 1.27m (6' 0" x 4' 2").
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Antique Tribal Rug 'masnad', Afshar Tribes, ...

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BM1186

Just magnificent! A very fine, rare small rug, probably made as a 'masnad' - a very special rug made as a ceremonial king's rug. When the king had no access to the royal throne, a small rug called a masnad substituted for the throne. The myriad of well-fed chickens depicted in the central indigo-blue field are generally associated with the nomads of the Khamseh Confederacy, but here we see the chickens rarely depicted in an Afshar piece! Very special indeed.
Size: 1.40m x 1.04m
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz, Kerman Province, ...

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BM965

I love the fabulous shades of madder-red, indigo-blues and turquoise in this beautiful rug, made by Afshar tribes in the Neiriz area of Kerman province circa 1880-1900. The borders capture a small piece of paradise - vases of flowers with symbolic birds atop - carriers of the soul from the earthly world to the realms of the spirit! In very good condition.
1.83m x 1.42m (6' 0" x 4' 8").
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Antique Afshar Rug, Afshar Tribes, South Persia ...

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BM720

This rare little Afshar rug was originally sold by me in the early 1990s and it has just been acquired back. It is published in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' under 'Afshar Tribes' and is the only one I have seen to date with this unusual, archaic field design of 4 large shrub-like motifs. I believe this is an early weaving of the Afshar - possibly around the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. It is, overall, in good condition although there are small areas of a little wear. This is a very collectable rug.
Size: 1.50m x 1.00m ( 5' 0" x 3' 3").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Kerman Province, South ...

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MAC19

This fabulous Afshar rug is amazingly finely knotted. The work is incredible when you think it was made under nomadic conditions during the 19th century. This is the finest work from Afshar nomads indicating that the weaver was undoubtedly the best in the tribe - a highly desirable catch as a wife - and this rug would probably be part of her dowry - never to be sold!
Size: 1.68m x 1.27m (5' 6" x 4; 2").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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BM/MA

This beautiful rug was made by Afshar nomads around 1870-1880 and depicts a field full of stylised chickens all pecking at seeds on the ground. The rug is in very good condition with no repairs whatsoever and the beautiful natural colours glow with happiness. A fabulous example of Afshar tribal work.
On reserve until washed.
Size: 1.70m x 1.20m (5' 7" x 4' 0").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Southern Persia

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GD3

Made by Afshar tribes around 1870/1880, this is a very fine and beautiful example of the best of 19th century Afshar work. The rug is in good condition overall with evenly low pile and complete with brocaded skirts at each end - something rarely seen these days. This rug, in my opinion, is one of the best small examples of Afshar work I've handled.
Size: 1.64m x 1.21m (5' 4" x 4' 0").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz, Southern Persia. ...

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BM761

This charming little rug was made by nomadic Afshars around 1870 in the region of Neiriz, southern Persia.
It is unusual in that both the warp and weft are cotton and the weaver has created the most amazing large brocaded flatweave panels at each end of the rug! The woollen pile is in excellent condition and incorporates in the indigo-blue field, horizontal lines of 'botehs' or pine-cones.
Size: 1.53m x 1.22m (5' x 4').
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Kerman Province, South ...

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BM958

Two beautiful birds adorn the stunning indigo-blue field of this gorgeous little rug. The stylised rose bush is growing out of an urn and the birds symbolise the carriers of the soul from the earthly world to the world of the spirit. This vegetable-dye rug was finely knotted by Afshar tribes in Kerman province around 1900 and is in mint condition. It has to be seen to appreciate the fabulous glowing colours.
Size: 1.14m x 0.92m (3' 9" x 3' 0").
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Antique Afshar Rug, South Persia

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BM448

This beautiful Afshar rug was made during the 1880 period by Afshar tribes in Kerman Province, southern Persia. The rug is in excellent condition with superb natural colours.
Size: 2.00m x 1.45m (6' 6" x 4' 9").
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Antique Afshar Rug, Dehaj, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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BM847

This extremely finely-knotted rug was made by Afshar tribes in the area of Dehaj in Kerman Province, southern Persia, around 1900. The overall design involving vases of flowers with birds standing on either side of each vase, is known as the 'zili sultan' pattern. This amazing rug, with its superb colours which comprise varying shades of green, is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.29m x 1.45m (7' 6" x 4' 9").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Sirjan Region, Kerman ...

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BM1195

I suspect this charming little Afshar tribal rug might be a 'masnad' - a special rug for the Shah or Khan to sit on when visiting the tribe. The rug is dated 1321 in the Islamic calendar or 1905 in the solar calendar. It is in very good condition with beautiful shades of natural sky-blue, deep indigo-blue and madder-red.
Size: 1.22m x 1.04m (4' 0" x 3' 5").
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