Antique Moj (Cover), Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, ...

Item Number
MAC18

Moj means 'wave'in Persian. They are distinctive flat-woven covers used as blankets, bed-covers and for covering the storage-bags around the sides of the tent. They were woven by Qashqa'i tribes in Fars province, south-west Persia in a technique referred to as balanced twill-weave, in two equal parts and then sewn together and finished with elaborate tassels. The most exciting feature of the Moj is the interplay of natural colours within the weave and it is this distinctive colour effect which gives this flat-weave its name - 'wave' possibly the depiction of flowing water! Moj are now a rarity as with all tribal weavings dating back pre-1900.
Size: 3.00m x 1.78m (9' 10" x 5' 10").
£1,150

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

Item Number
MAC32

I love the horizontal bands of different natural colours in this stunning kilim, woven by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-west Persia during the second half of the 19th century.
Size: 2.82m x 1.40m (9' 3" x 4' 7").
£1,250

Antique Ru Korssi, Timuri - Sangtschuli Tribe, ...

Item Number
MAC31

The Ru Korssi was a decorative cover for the brazier - a low open wooden frame under which was placed a bowl of burning charcoal. The frame was covered with blankets and the ru korssi placed over the top. The inhabitants of the tent would then sit around this frame, warming themselves by placing their legs and hands under the warm cover. The word 'ru' literally means surface or a face, anything that is turned outwards and 'korssi' signifies a table or frame.
This beautiful cover, made by the Timuri - Sangtschuli tribe in the 19th century, is entirely in flatwoven - a plain-weave aubergine field and a main border intricately woven in reverse soumak technique.
To be published in my forthcoming, revised, 3rd edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent'.
Size: 1.30m (4' 3") square.
£1,500

Antique Soffreh, Baluch Tribes, North-East Persia

Item Number
BM684

This beautiful Soffreh (dining-flatweave) can only be described as 'stunning'! It is absolutlely complete - in mint condition - and was made by Baluch tribes in Khorassan province, north-east Persia during the last quarter of the 19th century. I suspect the tribal attribution might be 'Djhan Begi' Baluch. The natural camel-hair field incorporates a stylised 'tree-of-life' - symbolically representing the 3-level universe to these nomads - and the madder-red border is knotted in pile. Look at the fantastic brocaded skirts at each end - extremely intricate. I suspect this piece was made for a very important member of the tribe who may well have commissioned it from the best weaver in the tribe. This soffreh will make a wonderful wall-hanging.
Size: 1.37m x 0.76m (4' 6" x 2' 6").
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Old Bread Soffreh, Kamo, Central Persia.

Item Number
BM516

This stunning bread Soffreh was made in the village of Kamo around the early 20th century. The bread soffreh was a woven cloth on which the dough was kneaded. Such soffrehs were extremely minimalistic in design and reflects the individual primitive nomadic art of the weaver where she expresses her own thoughts without keeping to her tribe's rug designs. In need of a good wash, the colours on the natural undyed ivory sheep's wool are all vegetable. A rare find these days.
Size: 1.25m x 1.12m (4' 1" x 3' 8").
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Antique Qashqa'i Soffreh, South-West Persia

Item Number
BM273

A rare and beautiful little Soffreh (dining flatweave) woven by Qashqa'i tribes and dated (top centre) in the Islamic calendar 1320 - 1902 in the solar calendar. Dining soffrehs were, as the name implies, used for placing bowls of food on, while the tribespeople would sit around and eat. Such pieces were often reserved for guests.
Size: 86 x 61cm (2' 10" x 2' 0").
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Antique Bread Soffreh, Azeri Tribes, Azerbaijan

Item Number
BM690

This is a rare example of Azeri tribal work - a bread soffreh or flatweave for kneading dough to make bread.
It has been woven in two parts - due to a narrow nomadic loom - and joined up the middle. The colours are superb and the border is dramatic. A great visual piece and would look stunning hanging on a wall.
Size: 1.09m x 1.25m (3' 7" x 4' 1").
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Antique Dining Soffreh, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan. ...

Item Number
BM974

This lovely old dining soffreh or dining flatweave was originally used as a weaving spread on the floor of the tent during mealtimes and bowls of food placed upon it around which the tribes-people would sit and eat. Woven by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan around 1900, the soffreh is in excellent condition with beautifully brocaded skirts at each end and the depiction of 5 'eyes' on the natural camel-hair field where the number '5' is a protective symbol. Together with the 'eyes', there is a doubling of protection!
Size: 1.32m x 0.69m (4' 4" x 2' 3").
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Timuri Tribal Soffreh, Western Afghanistan

Item Number
BM301

A superb dining Soffreh (dining flatweave) of the Timuri tribe woven in different techniques of flatweave circa 1890. The work involved - bearing in mind the primitive looms these nomads used - is simply fantastic. This is a truly wonderful example of Timuri work. Pieces of this quality are rare.
Size: 1.27m x 0.66m (4' 2" x 2' 2").
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Old Dining Soffreh, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, ...

Item Number
BM840

Dining Soffrehs were the equivalent to table-cloths in the West - flat-weaves spread on the floor of the tent on which were placed bowls of food, bread, etc. The tribes-people would then sit cross-legged around the soffreh and eat. This attractive soffreh has a natural camel-hair field with a bold 'tree-of-life' in the centre and woven by Baluch tribes in Khorassan, north-east Persia around the early 20th century.
Size: 1.91m x 0.78m (6' 3" x 2' 7").
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Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
BM712

Recently arrived from Iran, this stunning vegetable-dye compartmentalised design kilim has a fabulous palette! Made by Qashqa'i tribes at the end of the 19th century, the kilim is an unusually small size and is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.03m x 1.30m (6' 8" x 4' 3").
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Antique Bread Sofreh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, ...

Item Number

This beautiful bread sofreh was woven by Qashqa'i nomads around 1900. Bread sofreh were used for kneading the dough in the preparation for making bread. They were generally caked in flour and until washed, it was often difficult to see colour and design. Completely utilitarian, this sofreh has a gorgeous madder-red field and multi-coloured border. Such pieces represented the true 'art of the nomad'.
Size: 1.24m x 1.14m (4' 1" x 3' 9").
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Antique Baluch Soffreh, Khorassan, North-East Persia

Item Number
BM347

Acquired from an old country house, is this charming, yet archaic, Soffreh (dining flatweave) of the Baluch tribes of north-eastern Persia. Made around the last quarter 19th century, the Soffreh had been hanging on a wall for over 20 years! In excellent condition bar two small expert re-weaves on the sides, the soffreh contains a wonderful depiction of stylised creatures walking across the natural camel-hair centre. I particularly like the superb brocading at both ends. A genuine nomadic flatweave.
1.58m x 0.76m (5' 2" x 2' 6").
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Old Kilim, Qashqa'i Tribes, South-West Persia

Item Number
BM909

This unusually small kilim was made by Qashqa'i tribes in Fars Province, south-west Persia during the early 20th century. The colours are all natural and it is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.52m x 1.04m (5' 0" x 3' 5")
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Antique Kilim, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
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").
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Antique Bread Sofreh, Kamo, Central Persia.

Item Number
BM1230

The weavers of Kamo produced some of the most exciting bread sofreh into the first half of the 20th century, such as this one with its minimalistic design and exciting natural colours. What was the weaver thinking about when she made this flat-weave for kneading dough on to make bread? Could it be the sun setting or even rising? These weavers were inspired by the landscape, the colours of the sun reflecting on the mountains and around them at all times. I will leave it to your imagination!
Size: 1m (3; 3") square.
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Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
SB3

This unusually small kilim is simply stunning! Made by Qashqa'i tribes in south-western Persia around 1900, it is in excellent condition with beautiful natural colours. It is quite possible it was made as a wedding piece - for the bride and groom to stand on at their wedding ceremony! Therefore a highly prized possession.
Size: 1.55m x 1.04m (5' 1" x 3' 5").
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Antique Sofreh (dining flatweave), Timuri Tribes, Western ...

Item Number
BM1170

The natural camel-hair field in this superb sofreh contains a pre-Islamic cross for breaking down evil into four parts and protecting the food placed on the sofreh. Tribespeople would sit around the sofreh at mealtimes enjoying a meal. Note the beautifully brocaded skirts at each end - those and the barber-pole selvedges are indicative of Timuri weaving. Made during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Size: 1.60m x 0.76m (5' 3" x 2' 6").
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Old Afshar Bread Soffreh, South Persia

Item Number
L1

Bread Soffrehs were used by nomads and villagers for kneading the dough on before baking their delicious bread. This soffreh has a truly stunning design and such pieces make fabulous wall-hangings. Woven during the early 20th century, this soffreh is in very good condition.
Size: 1.11m x 1.08m (3' 8" x 3' 6").
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Antique Mafrash Panel, Azeri Tribes, Azerbaijan.

Item Number
BM1084

This stunning panel once consisted of the base and two side panels of a 'mafrash' - a large woven bedding bag - made by Azeri tribes in Azerbaijan during the 19th century. The workmanship is superb and shows the amazing work that these nomadic tribes produced in making a simple utilitarian bag for containing bedding. Generally made in pairs, this and the two side panels are all that remain of this wonderful item.
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Antique Kilim Runner, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, ...

Item Number
BM829

Long and beautifully narrow! An amazing hard-wearing kilim runner 4.53m x 0.64m (14' 10" x 2' 1") in excellent condition with a field of tiny shrubs or 'botehs' surrounded by a soft pink-red inner border and a pale golden-yellow outer border. Woven in Bijar, Persian Kurdistan circa 1900, antique runners of this really narrow width are extremely rare. I love it!
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Antique Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of ...

Item Number
B6

This fantastic dining sofreh - a flat-weave for spreading on the floor of the tent during mealtimes but reserved for special guests - was woven by Timuri tribes during the second half of the 19th century. The natural camel-hair field contains stylised 'trees' rising up from the symbolic underworld, through the earthly world and into the realms of the spirit. The weaving is exceptional - a rare and wonderful work of tribal art.
Size:2.18m x 0.79m (7' 2" x 2' 7").
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Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
EE1

South-West Persian kilims were often bold in design and generally made quickly to use as utilitarian items i.e. for hanging in the tents to compartmentalise areas and for covering the bedding around the sides of the tent. This handsome kilim was woven by Qashqa'i nomads around 1880 and is in overall, good condition bar a few areas of some light staining. This is all reflected in the very reasonable price.
Size: 2.44m x 1.50m (8' 0" x 5' 0").
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Antique Cradle, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
BM964

This charming flat-woven cradle with its myriad of tassels symbolically protecting the child, was ,made by Qashqa'i tribes around 1900. Imagine turning the cradle upsides down with the tassels hanging down and tying the long braided warped ends to a wooden frame, this is how it would look in tribal life - very much like how we use a hammock today!
Cradles like this are rare and this one was found in Iran a month ago. I've had it professionally washed and minor repair done to one of the corners, but otherwise, it is in excellent condition - bearing in mind the constant use it would have had.
Size: 1.17m x 0.76m (3' 10" x 2' 6") including tassels.
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