Antique Sofreh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-Wesrt ...

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BM/MT

A beautiful madder-red abrash dominates the central field of this stunning little bread sofreh made by Qashqa'i nomads in south-western Persia around 1900. The bread sofreh was entirely utilitarian, used for kneading the dough on to prepare the bread. Antique bread sofrehs of the Qashqa'i nomads are rare and this is a fine example.
Size: 79cm x 64cm (2' 7" x 2' 1").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Flat-Weave, Kurds of Eastern Anatolia.

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BM/NZ

Here we see a beautiful quality flat-weave, woven in two sections due to the narrow looms used, and made by Kurdish nomads around 1900 in eastern Anatolia.
The flat-weave has lovely natural colours and is in very good condition.
Size: 2.10m x 1.50m (6' 11" x 4' 11")
£1,150
| $1,531 USD | €1,303 EUR

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

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BM1281

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 Carpet, Daghestan/Kuba Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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BM/SMK

This stunning decorative Soumak carpet has wonderful, soft natural colours and is in very good overall condition bar some tiny areas requiring minor restoration. Acquired in Spain, it was apparently acquired by the family in 1909. I estimate the age is somewhere between 1880 and 1900.
Size: 3.20m x 2.24m (10' 6" x 7' 4").
POA
| $0 USD | €0 EUR

Antique Shahsevan Mafrash Panel Flatweave, Moghan Region, ...

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DR2

Here we see four Shahsevan mafrash (bedding-bag) panels expertly sewn together to make a floor rug. The panels are stunning - stylised peacocks dominating the complete piece - a most attractive way of displaying individual panels.
Size: 1.88m x 1.04m (6' 2" x 3' 5").
POA
| $0 USD | €0 EUR

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

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BM1241

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").
£1,500
| $1,997 USD | €1,700 EUR

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

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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
| $1,531 USD | €1,303 EUR

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

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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
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Antique 'Tasheh' (Wheat Sack), Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, Western ...

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BM/T2

'Tashehs' or wheat sacks, were, as the name implies, used for containing wheat and loaded onto the flanks of the pack animals during long migrations. They were made as seen after which the sides and base were brought together and sewn-up with goat-hair, leaving an opening at the top into which the wheat was poured. Each wheat sack had its own identity - a bottle-shape knotted-pile centre which was a totemic symbol for each family. In the 1940s, plastic and gunny sacks arrived in the bazaars of Iran and started to replace the age-old woven wheat sacks. This period saw the demise of the tasheh and today they are rare. This sack retains its original goat-hair hanging loops and as you hopefully might imagine, make most attractive wall-hangings in the home.
Size: 1.30m x 1.02m (4' 3" x 3' 4").
SOLD
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Antique 'Tasheh' (Wheat Sack), Luri Bakhtiari Tribes, ...

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BM/T1

This gorgeous 'tasheh' or wheat sack was made by Luri Bakhtiari nomads during the second quarter of the 20th century and although both sides have been reduced, it will make a most attractive wall-hanging.
Tashehs were totally utilitarian items, used for containing wheat and loaded onto the flanks of pack-animals during long migrations. Woven on ground looms as you see it, the sides and base were brought together and sewn up using goat-hair.
By the 1940s, plastic and gunny sacks had arrived in the bazaars of Iran and these began to replace the age-old tashehs to the point that they simply died out. Today, old tashehs are rare.
Size: 1.12m x 0.87m (3' 8" x 2' 10").
SOLD
| $632 USD | €538 EUR

Antique Double 'Tasheh' (Wheat Sacks), Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, ...

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VS3

It is rare to find a double 'tasheh' (wheat-sack) and this is one I acquired in Iran some 30 years ago and it has just come back to me through the people down-sizing. Illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' under the chapter on the Bakhtiari, this tasheh was made and dated 1945 - the last period in which these beautiful nomadic pieces were made.
In this case, the double tasheh would have been split down the centre and then each individual piece would have the sides and base brought together, sewn up with goat-hair, leaving an opening at the top in which to pour the wheat. The central bottle-shape was always knotted in woollen pile - each one having its own family identity - and symbolically I believe this to represent the bounty of God. Today, tashehs are best hung on the wall to make fabulous decorative wall-hangings - tribal works of art.
Size: 2.20m x 1.02m (7' 3" x 3' 4").
SOLD
| $0 USD | €0 EUR

Antique 'Tasheh' (Wheat Sack), Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, Western ...

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VS2

This wonderful 'tasheh' was made by Luri-Bakhtiari nomads around 1900. Made as a wheat sack ('tasheh' in Persian) on the loom as seen now, both sides would be drawn together, as well as the base, and sewn up with goat hair leaving an opening at the top into which could be poured the wheat. The central part of the tasheh always had a bottle-shape in knotted-pile which I believe was the family motif and symbolically represented the bounty of God.
Sadly, these tashehs were no longer made after the 1940s when plastic and gunny sacks arrived in the Iranian bazaars from the West. Therefore why should a nomad take months to weave such useful sacks when the nomad could barter for plastic sacks! A sad end to a wonderful tribal art. Today, tashehs make attractive and decorative wall-hangings.
Size: 1.07m x 1.00m (3' 6" x 3' 3").
SOLD
| $0 USD | €0 EUR