Antique Sofreh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BM/N1

Utterly charming in its depiction of various birds and goats and a powerful 'tree-of-life' rising up from the underworld, through the earthly world to the world of the spirit. The undyed ivory central panel is woven in plain-weave with the surrounding borders and stylised creatures in knotted-pile. I can only surmise that this odd weaving was made as a dining sofreh where the nomads would sit cross-legged around it at mealtimes and eat the food placed on this sofreh. Nevertheless, it is truly nomadic and would make a fabulous wall-hanging.
1.27m x 1.12m (4' 2" x 3' 8").
£1,450

Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BMac12

Old gabbehs are rare and particularly in good condition. They were heavily used by the nomads for everyday rugs in the tents and for use as blankets during the long cold nights. Therefore few of this age survive and today have become very collectable in the world market.
This wonderful old gabbeh, made by Luri nomads in western Persia circa 1890-1900, has beautiful soft, lustrous wool, all vegetable colours and with a bold geometric design.
The use of sky-blue in the outer minor borders is particularly attractive.
Size: 2.10m x 1.28m (6' 11" x 4' 2").
£2,500

Antique Luri Rug, Luristan, Western Persia.

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BMac11

A charming little rug made by Luri nomads around 1900 with a madder-red field of small shrubs or flowers. The rug is in very good pile with complete ends. The selvedges have been re-bound, otherwise no repairs whatsoever.
Size: 1.30m x 0.99m (4' 3" x 3' 3").
£1,450

Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BM/TW

Small antique gabbehs like this one are rare. Charming in its small size and depiction of a stylized person on one side and a tree-of-life on the other, the rug has wonderful natural colours. Made by Luri nomads at the end of the 19th century, the rug is in excellent condition.
81cm x 59cm (2' 8" x 1' 11")
POA

Antique Luri Gabbeh, Luristan, West Persia.

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BM1201

This magnificent Gabbeh carpet was made by Luri tribes in south-western Persia circa 1900-1910. The wool quality is like silk-velvet - all vegetable dyes - and an unusual design of lozenges containing pre-Islamic crosses, symbolically for breaking down evil into four parts. Interestingly, the crosses also form a '5' - another protective symbol. Either side of the lozenges and next to the inner border, are depicted two indigo-blue stylised 'trees-of-life' - representing the 3-level universe to these nomads. This is an incredible carpet in mint condition.
Size: 2.51m x 1.91m (8' 3" x 6' 3").
£3,500

Antique Bakhtiari Rug, The Chahar Mahal, Western ...

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BM/DR

A visually exciting example of Chahr Mahal Bakhtiari work comprising a beautifully-drawn 'tree-of-life' rising up from the underworld, through the earthly world and the branches in the world of the spirit. Birds sit atop the branches and symbolically represent the carriers of the soul. At the base of the tree, sit two handsome peacocks, symbols of immortality and divine protection. The rug is in excellent overall condition and the selvedges have been expertly replaced due to wear on the originals.
Size: 2.13m x 1.38m (7' 0" x 4' 6").
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Antique Bakhtiari Khan Rug, The Chahar Mahal, ...

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BM/GT

A visually stunning rug, possibly made for a tribal Khan in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia, circa 1900.
The rug is in mint condition with beautiful natural shades of indigo-blue, madder-red and a rare, stunning golden-yellow border. The central field contains a large cypress-tree and on either side, pomegranate trees.
Size: 1.86m x 1.38m (6' 1" x 4' 6").
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Antique Luri Tribal Rug, Luristan, Western Persia ...

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BM845

The vegetable colours in this incredibly striking rug are full of vibrancy. Made by Luri tribes around 1900, this wonderful rug is in full, lustrous pile.
Size: 2.84m x 1.36m (9' 4" x 4' 6").
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Antique Bakhtiari 'garden panel' Rug, Chahar Mahal, ...

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BM1

This fabulous Bakhtiari garden panel rug comprises willow, cypress and pomegranate trees - a veritable garden of Paradise!
All vegetable colours - very good condition.
Size: 2.03m x 1.56m (6' 8" x 5' 2").
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Antique Luri Rug, Luri Tribes, West Persia ...

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BM585

This stunning 19th century Luri tribal rug is in very good condition with wonderful vegetable colours throughout. Particularly attractive is the very rare main border design, again with a superb array of natural colours.
This carpet has now been washed and the colours are now glowing! A fabulous piece.
Size: 2.65m x 1.60m (8' 8" x 5' 3").
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Old Gabbeh, Luri Tribes, Luristan, Western Persia ...

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BM857

A charming old Gabbeh from the first half 20th century, made by Luri tribes in Luristan, western Persia. I love the happiness of the piece - obviously the young weaver was having fun incorporating dancing nomadic women, butterflies, goats or gazelle and flowers. Butterflies must have played an important role in her life at the time she made this gabbeh as they also feature in the border design. Gabbehs were generally of loose weave, made specifically for everyday use in the tents and for wrapping up children during the long, cold winter nights. Today, 19th century gabbehs are rare due to their short life after which they were simply discarded and new pieces made.
Size: 1.93m x 1.35m (6' 4" x 4' 5").
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Antique Bakhtiari Rug, Western Persia

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BM651

This fabulous Bakhtiari rug has a rare 'mina khani' (nectar-blossom) field - a design more commonly used by the Baluch and Kurds. The rug has wonderful glossy wool and is in mint condition.
Size: 2.29m x 1.05m (7' 6" x 3' 5").
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Antique Bakhtiari Rug, The Chahar Mahal Region, ...

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MAC2

This very finely knotted, floral rug was made by Bakhtiari tribes in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia around 1900. All the dyes are vegetable and the rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.03m x 1.40m (6' 8" x 4' 7").
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Antique Bakhtiari Rug, Western Persia

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BM370

Thiis stunning and archaic rug was made by Bakhtiari nomads during the second half of the 19th century in western Persia. The compartmentalised design is an early drawing from this area - look at similar designs of later Bakhtiari rugs and you will observe degeneration - particularly in the commercialised rugs of the 20th century. In this beautiful rug, note the main border design which is a reminder of the borders in Shirvan rugs from the eastern Caucasus - quite amazing!
Size: 2.00m x 1.22m (6' 6" x 4' 0").
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Antique Bakhtiari Tribal Rug, The Chahar Mahal, ...

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MAC48

This is a true example of pure nomadic work by Bakhtiari nomads in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia. The wool is soft and lustrous and the overall condition is excellent bar some very minor wear in the top main border and a few old repairs in the field - completely invisible on the surface. The indigo-blue field appears to contain palmettes - freely drawn with spontaneity of design and surrounding the field, a powerful ivory border depicting stylised fish swimming around a water lily. I love the whole appearance of this wonderful rug with its slightly wider ivory border on the left side! Charming.
Size: 2.13m x 1.27m (7' 0" x 4' 2").
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Antique Bakhtiari Rug, Bakhtiari Tribes, Western Persia ...

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DL1

A most attractive Bakhtiari rug incorporating 4 lozenges in the indigo-blue field - the 2 central ones depicting 'birds-heads' -the guardians of the gates of paradise. I love the outer border - coloured in vivid sky-blue with continuous vine symbolising the eternal cycle of life. This rug is in very good condition.
Size: 2.06m x 1.04m (6' 9" x 3' 5").
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Antique Bakhtiari Rug, Sheikh Chupan Area, Chahar ...

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BM/RP

This magnificent rug was made by Bakhtiari nomads, settled around the area of Sheikh Chupan in Chahar Mahal Province, western Persia around 1890-1900. The stunning indigo-blue field contains a myriad of cypress trees in a 'ghab' or compartmentalised design.
The rug is in excellent condition with a wonderful array of vegetable colours. Particularly powerful and attractive is the main border containing a design of interlinking vines, more commonly found on Caucasian rugs.
Size: 2.13m x 1.42m (7' 0" x 4' 8").
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Antique Luri Tribal Rug, Lur Tribes, West ...

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BM521

This beautiful Luri rug is in mint condition - made around the end of the 19th century in Luristan, western Persia. The rug has wonderful soft, lustrous, natural-dye wool with the depiction of stylised creatures throughout.
Size: 2.21m x 1.25m (7' 3" x 4' 1").
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Antique Gabbeh, Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, Western Persia

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BM452

A truly stunning Gabbeh in excellent condition and made by Luri-Bakhtiari tribes around 1900. The colours and design are simply eye-catching in glorious, silky vegetable-dye wool - shades of madder-red and indigo-blue. Gabbehs of this type and age have become rare in the past ten years or so and this is a great example.
Size: to be confirmed but approx 2m x 1m.
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Antique Luri Tribal Rug, Nasrabad, Luristan, Western ...

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BM957

This charming tribal rug, made by Luri tribes in the Nasrabad area of Luristan around 1900, is in excellent condition. The natural camel-hair field depicts a variety of bird life - probably what the weaver saw around her when the rug was on the loom.
Size: 1.47m x 1.02m (4' 10" x 3' 4").
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Rare Antique Bakhtiari Carpet, West Persia

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BM360

This rare and fabulous carpet was made by Bakhtiari nomads during the third quarter 19th century. I sold this carpet in the early 1990s into a private UK collection and I acquired it back last week. This carpet is illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' and can be found in the chapter on 'Bakhtiari Tribes'. It is in excellent condition with original brocaded ends and selvedges and is the only one of its type that I know of. A truly wonderful carpet.
Size: 3.20m x 1.68m (10' 6" x 5' 6").
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Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BM602

A stunning gabbeh rug made by Luri nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century with a 'tree of life' depicted on the central natural ivory ground field. This visually stunning rug is in good condition bar a little wear in the central field. Lovely soft wool - all good colours.
Size: 1.60m x 1.27m (5' 3" x 4' 2").
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