Antique Flatweave Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands ...

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BM1613

This rare and incredibly stunning coral-ground dining sofreh was made around 1870 by Timuri nomads on the Persian/Afghan border region. The cross in the centre symbolises protection - a pre-Islamic symbol for breaking down evil into four parts, thus giving protection to the food placed upon the sofreh during meal-times. Although the sofreh was made entirely from wool with goat-hair selvedges, the Timuri weaver has inserted highlights of silk which I suspect was made for an important member of the tribe, possibly the khan or chief. Camel-hair is more often found in the field of sofrehs but in this instance, the use of a natural coral dye is much rarer.
The brocaded skirts are superb in intricate brocaded weave, putting a stunning finishing touch to a highly-prized utilitarian weaving.
Size: 1.50m x 0.84m (4' 11" x 2' 9").
£2,950
| $4,111 USD | €3,438 EUR

Antique Kilim, Bijar Region, Persian Kurdistan.

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BM1568

This beautiful and remarkable kilim was woven by settled Kurds in the Bijar area of Persian Kurdistan circa 1900. The beautiful indigo-blue ground contains a myriad of roses and in the centre, the depiction of a rose bursting into life with the warmth of the sun - the most powerful symbol in nomadic life. The natural colours are truly superb - different shades of blue, green, red and golden-yellow.
Size: 2.35 x 1.35m (7' 9" x 4' 5").
£2,750
| $3,832 USD | €3,205 EUR

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

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BM1575

A most attractive and decorative 19th century kilim, made by Qashqa'i nomads in south-west Persia circa 1870-1880. Generally in very good useable condition, the kilim has several old re-weaves which don't appear obvious when it is on the floor, and this is reflected in the price.
The fabulous range of colours are all from organic dyes and this can be seen in the various amounts of 'abrash' (changes of colour) throughout and particularly in the magnificent sky-blue. The kilim has been washed and floor ready.
Size: 2.69m x 1.53m (8' 10" x 5' 0").
£2,750
| $3,832 USD | €3,205 EUR

Flatweave - Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands ...

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B2

This rare and beautiful dining 'sofreh' or flatweave, was woven specifically for placing on the floor of the tent during meal-times, bowls of food, bread and chai were placed upon it and the tribes-people would sit around cross-legged, eat, drink and enjoy conversation. Quite often, such sofrehs were kept for special occasions when guests and tribal dignitaries paid a visit.
This sofreh, made circa 1880 by Timuri nomads on the Persian/Afghan border, has a plain natural camel-hair ground - symbolising humility and the acceptance of precious food. Note the long, intricately brocaded skirts which show the incredible work that went into making these highly prized weavings - never intended for sale and true nomadic woven art.
Size: 1.40m x 0.69m (4' 7" x 2' 3").
£2,500
| $3,484 USD | €2,914 EUR

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").
£1,350
| $1,881 USD | €1,573 EUR

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

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BM1607

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")
£850
| $1,185 USD | €991 EUR

Antique Kilim, Maimana, Northern Afghanistan.

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BM1541

This bold yet charming kilim was made in the vicinity of Maimana in north Afghanistan during the early 20th century. It has a beet-red ground containing two vertical columns of five large lozenges or tribal 'guls' (crests) and is in excellent floor-worthy condition.
Size: 1.98 x 1.14m (6' 6" x 3' 9").
£750
| $1,045 USD | €874 EUR

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

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BM1599

This stunning flat-woven Jajim - sometimes referred to as a 'Moj' which means 'wave' in Persian, was intricately woven by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-western Persia, circa 1900.
It is extremely unusual in its design - most look like the example in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 186, if you have access to a copy! Otherwise you know where to find one!! The weaving in these jajims is incredible when you think they were woven on basic ground looms! This technique is highly sophisticated and beats anything woven in kilim-weave and I suspect the weaver in this case was a master at her art. Jajims were mainly used for compartmentalising the tents into rooms and like kilims, were used for covering the bedding around the circumference of the tent and also covering the storage-bags on the camels while on migration. This Moj is harder wearing than a kilim and can be used on the floor with a good underlay to hold it firmly down.
Size: 2.41m x 1.60m (8' 0" x 5' 3").
SOLD

Antique Zili, Azerbaijan.

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BM118

The natural colours in this flat-weave or 'zili' are particularly attractive against the Cotswold stone on the outside of my 16th century farmhouse.
Woven in Azerbaijan around 1900, the vertical and horizontal bands with their zig-zag design, reminds me of flowing water - symbolically important in tribal life as in life as a whole!
In excellent condition - 2.29m x 1.76m (7' 6" x 5' 9").
SOLD

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

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

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BM1533

This magnificent kilim has a bold yet stunning field design where the weaver has spontaneously incorporated tribal symbols, particularly towards the top. Woven by Qashqa'i nomads around 1900, the kilim is in excellent condition.
Kilims were specifically made for compartmentalising the black tents and for covering the bedding around the circumference of the tents during sedentary periods.
Today, they look amazing on wooden floors with a good underlay.
Size: 2.52 x 1.55m (8' 3" x 5' 1").
SOLD