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

Item Number
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 Turkmen Carpet, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
MAC13

This very handsome Turkmen carpet was made in Turkmenistan by Teke tribes around 1890-1900.
The carpet is in very good overall condition other than some minor repairs needing to be done to secure the ends and overbinding on the selvedges. Very decorative.
Size: 3.66m x 2.30m (12' 0" x 7' 6").
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Antique Luri Gabbeh, Luristan, West Persia.

Item Number
BM1201

This magnificent Gabbeh carpet was made by Luri tribes in south-western Persia circa 1900-1910. The wool quality is like silk-velvet - all vegetable dyes - and an unusual design of lozenges containing pre-Islamic crosses, symbolically for breaking down evil into four parts. Interestingly, the crosses also form a '5' - another protective symbol. Either side of the lozenges and next to the inner border, are depicted two indigo-blue stylised 'trees-of-life' - representing the 3-level universe to these nomads. This is an incredible carpet in mint condition.
Size: 2.51m x 1.91m (8' 3" x 6' 3").
£4,500

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

Item Number
MAC6

The beautiful madder-red field in this attractive Teke Turkmen carpet contains 5 vertical columns of 10 Teke guls (heraldic crests). The centre of each of the main guls have alternate indigo-blue and cochineal and turquoise and cochineal. Particularly attractive are the elems (skirts) incorporating a tree pattern at each end and the depiction of horned creatures on each side of the main border, as seen in the close-up image. Made around 1900, the soft natural dyes produce a wonderful warm palette to enhance any room.
Size: 2.84m x 2.09m (9' 4" x 6' 10").
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Antique Turkmen Carpet, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
BM1300

This fabulous Yomut Turkmen carpet was made in the third quarter of the 19th century in the Middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan. The beautiful copper-red field contains superbly-drawn 'dyrnak' guls (tribal crests) which appear to disappear under the rare main border and out into infinity. Look at the 'elems' or skirts at each end of the carpet with their beautifully depicted trees. A superb example of the lost woven art of the Turkmen.
Size: 2.90m x 1.78m (9' 6" x 5' 10").
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Antique Ersari Turkmen Carpet, Central Asia

Item Number
BM760

This large carpet made by the Ersari Turkmen tribes of northern Afghanistan/Central Asia with good natural colours and in excellent overall condition.
Size: 3.70m x 2.85m (12' 2" x 9' 4").
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Antique Joshagan Carpet, North-West Persia

Item Number
BM446

This beautiful old carpet was made in Joshagan in the early 20th century. The carpet is in mint condition with a wonderful array of lovely old colours on a field of terracotta and has an all-over design - much more desirable than the central-medallion types.
Size: 3.35m x 2.44m (11' 0" x 8' 0").
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Antique Tabriz Carpet, North-West Persia

Item Number
MAC21

This magnificent and elegant Tabriz carpet is in overall very good condition - some minor areas of slight wear expected in a piece of this age - made circa 1900 in the city of Tabriz in north-west Iran, It has an overall design of palmettes on an indigo-blue field and surrounded by a handsome madder-red main border.
Size: 4m x 3m (13' x 10').
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Antique Turkmen Carpet, Igdyr Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
MAC12

This stunning main carpet of the Igdyr Turkmen tribes contains an aubergine field of 12 'tauk-nauska' guls in very good overall condition. The minor guls are interesting and unusual and the 'elems' or skirts are majestically decorated with stylized 'trees'.
More information to follow.
Size: 2.85m x 1.70m (9' 4" x 5' 7").
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Antique Afshar Rug, Neiriz, Southern Persia

Item Number
BM298

This 'tree-of-life' Afshar rug which measures 1.93 x 1.55m (6' 4" x 5' 1") was made in the environs of Neiriz in southern Persia around 1900. The rug is in good condition with a rare pale yellow field incorporating a tree-of-life and birds are depicted sitting on the branches. The deep indigo-blue border powerfully frames the central field. The last rug I have owned of similar type to this one is illustrated in my newly re-printed book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 121.
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Antique Ushak Carpet, South West Anatolia

Item Number
BWM5

This beautiful 19th century, nearly square, Ushak carpet is in good overall condition with fabulous soft natural dyes.
Size: 3.60m x 3.13m (11' 10" x 10' 3")
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Antique Feraghan Carpet, North-West Persia

Item Number
GP1

This is a fabulous north-west Persian Feraghan carpet from the second half 19th century in very good overall condition albeit with some minor areas of wear, expected in a carpet of this age. The main border is truly superb - certainly one of the best main borders I have seen on such a carpet! The indigo-blue field contains an overall 'herati' pattern i.e. stylised fish swimming in a water garden and all the colours are vegetable-dyed.
Size: 4.27m x 3.51m (14' 0" x 11' 6").
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Antique Varamin Carpet, North West Persia

Item Number
BM590

This fabulous carpet was made in the Varamin region, possibly by Kizyl Bash tribes around 1870-1880. It is in excellent condition - measures 2.74m x 1.30m (9' 0" x 4' 3") - and has wonderful natural colours throughout.
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