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

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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 Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

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BM330

This fabulous dining Sofreh was originally acquired in Iran and has been in a private collection until now. It is in excellent condition, bar a few tiny re-weaves in the camel field caused by regular use within tribal life.
Made by the Timuri Salar Khanii tribe in western Afghanistan during the second half of the 19th century, the long, brocaded skirts at each end are woven in silk and metal thread indicating that this soffreh was a highly prized possession and was possibly part of the dowry belonging to a Timuri tribal chief. This is a very rare and a highly collectable weaving.
1.52m x 0.71m (5' 0" x 2' 4").
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Antique Ru Korssi, Timuri - Sangtschuli Tribe, ...

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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.
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Flat-weave, Shahsevan Tribes of Varamin, North-Central Persia. ...

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BM1364

Visually stunning! The symbolic depiction of flowing water in this 'eye-dazzler' flat-weave made in the Varamin region of north-central Persia by Shahsevan nomads around 1880.
Size: 2.00m x 1.32m (6' 7" x 4' 4").
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Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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

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BM1365

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").
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Antique Moj, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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RUGMAC21

'Moj' are distinctive, flat-woven covers, used as blankets, bed covers and for covering the storage-bags stored around the sides of the tent during sedentary periods. During migrations, the moj were draped over the bedding on the camels to keep out dust etc. Moj are woven in a technique referred to as balanced twill-weave, made in two equal parts and sewn together. The weaving process can be relatively quick, shared by two weavers only taking several weeks to complete. The most exciting feature of the moj is the interplay of colours within the weave and it is this distinctive colour effect which gives this flat-weave its name. In Persian, 'moj' means 'wave'. Antique moj, like this one which dates to around 1900 and woven by Qashqa'i nomads, are now a rarity.
Size: 3.00m x 1.75m (10' 0" x 5' 9").
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Antique Bread Sofreh, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, ...

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BM/M1

The visual impact from this bread sofreh (flat-weave) is stunning.
Imagine it hanging on a wall and seeing it as woven art every day, what pleasure it would bring. Sadly, I don't have a wall on which to hang it, but if I did, it wouldn't be on my website!!
Bread sofreh were specifically made for kneading the dough and preparing the flat-bread. I remember my trips to Iran to find these sofreh and finding them caked in flour with no design or colour obvious, until of course, they were washed. Then, and only then, could they fully be appreciated, in their simplistic designs and fabulous natural colours, as woven works of nomadic art.
This fabulous sofreh was made during the early 20th century by Afshar nomads in Kerman province, southern Persia, and I see the vertical zig-zags as the symbolic depiction of flowing water, like bread, important ingredients in the sustenance of life in harsh climates.
Size: 1.28m x 1.28m (4' 2" x 4' 2").
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Antique Baluch Sofreh, Khorassan, North-East Persia

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BM347

Acquired from an old country house, is this charming, yet archaic, sofreh (dining flatweave) of the Baluch tribes of north-eastern Persia. Made around the last quarter 19th century, the sofreh had been hanging on a wall for over 20 years! In excellent condition bar two small expert re-weaves on the sides, the sofreh 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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