Antique Uzbek Galyam, Lakai Tribes, Surkhan Darya ...

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BM/UZ

This majestic bridal rug with its 3 vertical rows of 7 Lakai Uzbek guls (tribal crests) was probably made in Surkhan Darya Province, Uzbekistan in the 19th century.
This rug or flat-weave is in near-mint condition with stunning skirts each end.
Size: 2.93 x 1.42m (9' 7" x 4' 8").
£3,250
| $4,327 USD | €3,682 EUR

Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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A truly magnificent kilim woven by Qashqa'i nomads during the second half of the 19th century.
This kilim, with its bold design comprising three central lozenges, has a fabulous vegetable-colour palette. The long skirts at each end are complete in horizontal bands of brocade.
Kilims were woven to provide privacy inside the black tents by hanging them to make rooms and also to cover bedding stacked around the circumference of the black tent during sedentary periods.
Size: 2.90 x 1.60m (9' 6" x 5' 3").
£2,450
| $3,262 USD | €2,776 EUR

Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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Here we see an early kilim woven by Qashqa'i nomads during the third quarter 19th century - maybe even mid 19th century. The soft vegetable-dye palette is elegant with a field of 'eyes' disappearing under the protective borders and out into infinity. I have to say, this is probably my favourite Qashqa'i kilim. Truly superb in every way.
Size: 2.60 x 1.60m (8' 6" x 5' 3").
£2,450
| $3,262 USD | €2,776 EUR

Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province. South-West ...

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A striking kilim woven by Qashqa'i nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century.
These kilims were specifically woven for compartmentalising the black-tent, providing privacy for men, women, children and guests. Another use was to cover the bedding stacked around the circumference of the tent during sedentary periods. Today, these kilims provide a highly decorative and minimalistic look on wooden floors.
Size: 2.54 x 1.43m (8' 4" x 4' 8").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Bread Sofreh, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, ...

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BM/Sofreh

The bread sofreh, as the name implies, was used for kneading the dough to prepare the bread for baking. The weaver had the freedom to create her own art and this sofreh, with its 'zig zag' design, probably represents flowing water - one of the necessities in nomadic life or even in life as a whole. I love this incredible weaving, woven by an Afshar woman during the early 20th century, displaying true nomadic woven art. It will be exhibited at the opening of the up-coming LARTA London Battersea Fair from 21st - 26th January.
Size: 1.00 x 1.00m (3' 3" x 3' 3")
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Dining Sofreh, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, ...

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BM/Sofreh

Probably the majority of tribal dining sofrehs can be found amongst the Baluch and Timuri tribes with the majority of bread sofrehs found amongst the Afshar nomads. Dining sofrehs or flatweaves made by the Qashqa'i nomads are rare.
Recently found in Iran, this striking sofreh was made during the early part of the 20th century and bar a small expert re-woven area, it is in original, complete condition. The tufts of wool on the sides of the sofreh were inserted, I suspect, for symbolising good luck.
Dining sofrehs were used like a western tablecloth, spread on the tent floor at mealtimes or when entertaining important guests, and bowls of food, bread and tea placed on the sofreh. The tribespeople would then sit around the sofreh and eat.
In todays modern home, this sofreh might be used as a hall runner with an effective underlay.
Size: 2.10m x 0.76m (6' 11" x 2' 6").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

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RUGMAC39

An attractive kilim made by Qashqa'i nomads in south-west Persia during the early 20th century and in excellent condition.
Size: 2.90m x 1.52m (9' 6" x 5' 0")
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Soumak Flat-Weave, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, ...

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RPD32

This magnificent soumak flat-weave was made by Afshar nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century. It has been in an English private collection since it was acquired in Iran in the 1950s. The soumak weave is superb and the wool is soft and pliable which makes me think it was originally made as a bed-cover or simply a tent floor covering. I have never come across a superb weaving like this before - made in two parts because of the narrow nomadic looms, and then expertly sewn together up the centre. With good underlay, this flat-weave can be used on the floor today in a modern setting and will look amazing. The pale, vegetable-dye, golden-yellow field has to be seen to be fully appreciated. A truly fabulous weaving.
Size: 2.26m x 1.70m (7' 5" x 5' 7").
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| $0 USD | €0 EUR

Antique Soumak Flat-Weave, Timuri-Yaqoub Khani Tribes, Borderlands ...

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RPD34

Just magnificent!
Woven on a narrow loom in two halves and then expertly sewn together, the soumak work in this flatweave is incredible. I have just acquired it from an English couple who acquired this flatweave in Iran in the 1950s whilst stationed out there. The flat-weave was made by Timuri - Yaqoub Khani nomads in the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan around 1870 and would have been used as a tent floor covering. It really has to be seen to appreciate the extremely fine soumak weaving, but take my word for it if you will, it is fantastic!
Size: 2.60m x 1.50m (8' 6" x 5' 0").
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Antique Bread Sofreh, Kamo, Central Persia.

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BM/LPN4

Bread 'sofrehs' - flat-weaves - were specifically woven in a square format in order to knead the dough to make the wonderful flat-bread. I went in search of the best pieces in the 1990s and when I found them, they were literally caked in flour, with colour and design lost! I remember having them professionally washed in Iran and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the outcome! Amazing minimalistic designs and beautiful natural colours emanated.
This sofreh was one of many I acquired back then and it has just come back to me after all this time. Woven in the village of Kamo in central Iran, it remains in great overall condition. Sofrehs like this today, are scarce, and it is wonderful to welcome it back and to be able to pass it on to the next passionate collector. As a wall-hanging, sofrehs like this, provide 'woven art'.
SIze: 1.10m x 1.02m (3' 7" x 3' 4").
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Antique Kilim, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus

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BM908

This magnificent kilim will enhance any wooden floor in a London apartment or elsewhere. Woven in Shirvan in the eastern Caucasus during the last quarter of the 19th century, this kilim has fabulous vegetable colours and is in very good condition bar a few minor re-weaves.
Size: 3.10m x 1.57m (10' 2" x 5' 2").
SOLD

Antique Soumak Carpet, Shemakha, Azerbaijan.

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BM1082

This most handsome Soumack carpet, woven in beautiful vegetable colours, has a bold and graphic design of two vertical rows of 6 large zoomorphic, bird-like lozenges on a terracotta ground.
In very good condition.
Size: 3.00m x 1.60m (9' 10" x 5' 3").
SOLD