Antique Timuri Carpet, Yaqoub-Khani Tribe, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM458

This magnificent carpet was made by the Yaqoub-Khani Timuri tribe at the end of the 19th century - probably around 1900. It recently came out of an old English country home and was well cared for, having originally been in the collection of Dr Jon Thompson. The carpet is in mint condition with minor corrosion to the dark brown colour and a wonderful use of old aubergine colour-dye. Note the many stylised creatures depicted throughout the field.
Size: 3.35m x 1.88m (11' 0" x 6' 3").
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Antique Timuri Tribal Rug, Western Afghanistan

Item Number
BM1084

This stunning rug was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the second half of the 19th century. It is in near-mint condition, retains its complete slit-tapestry flat-woven skirts at each end and I have had it superbly washed to bring out the wonderful natural colours. The archaic field design of stylized 'trees of life' is generally found on larger carpets of the tribe - seldom in small rugs like this one. A truly beautiful rug.
Size: 1.83m x 1.09m (6' 0" x 3' 7").
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Antique Timuri Prayer-Rug, West Afghanistan

Item Number
BM284

An unusual and beautiful little prayer-rug of the Timuri tribes dating to the last quarter of the 19th century with a pale yellow field and tile pattern. In excellent condition with two small areas of expert restoration.
Size: 1.34 x 0.97m (4' 5" x 3' 2").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Yaqoub Khani Tribe, Western ...

Item Number

This stunning prayer-rug belongs to the Yaqoub Khani tribe of the Timuri, and made around 1890-1900. The glowing tan/soft yellow natural camel field comprises a stylised tree design with alternating willow leaves ('nakshe barge bidi' in Persian) and a cruciform motif within a rectangle. Forming part of the inner border pattern is a reciprocal 'birds-heads' symbol in glowing indigo-blue. In mint condition with original brocaded skirts, this is a beautiful example of the type. See 'Carpets in the Baluch Tradition' by Siawosch Azadi, page 177, for another example of Yaqoub Khani Timuri work.
Size: 1.50m x 0.91m (4' 11" x 3' 0")
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Antique Timuri Carpet, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan. ...

Item Number
SJ1

The best Timuri carpet I've ever laid my eys upon! I can honestly say that. The carpet is superb in every way - a date of mid 19th century, very good condition but more importantly, a fabulous wealth of vegetable colours ranging from deep indigo-blue, sky blue, turquoise, aubergine, madder-red, corroded dark brown, highlights of ivory and a tiny amount of yellow. The flat-woven skirts are intact although were possibly slightly longer when first made. The four large archaic lozenges on either side of the six 'snowflake' motifs in the central field contain typical Timuri 'trees'. The whole carpet gives a feeling of immense power and is a magnificent testament to the much under-appreciated work of the Timuri.
Size: 2.92m x 2.08m (9' 7" x 6' 10").
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Antique Timuri Prayer-Rug, Adraskand Region, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM702

I love the archaic feeling in this mid-3rd quarter 19th century little prayer-rug. I would stab a guess that the 3 large 'arrow' shapes in the central field are possibly stylised 'trees-of-life'! The rug is of Timuri origin - possibly from the region of Adraskand in western Afghanistan.
Size: 1.27m x 0.87m (4' 2" x 2' 10").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM505

This charming tiny prayer rug was made by the Dokhtar-e-Ghazi sub tribe of the Timuri in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century. The rug is in excellent condition with complete flatwoven skirts at each end and no repairs.
Size: 1.22m x 0.76m (4' 0" x 2' 6").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

Item Number
BM05

Amongst the various rugs of the Timuri nomads, this prayer-rug is rare in colour and border design. Although the palette of glowing indigo-blue is a large part of the Timuri colour repertoire, the use of yellow in the borders is rare - a colour more associated with the Ersari Turkmen. Strangely enough, the inner border is a design used by the Ersari - even the main border has a Turkmen influence! However, the overall 'tree' pattern in the indigo-blue field is found on the prayer-rugs of the Dokhtar-e-Qazi, a Timuri sub-tribe in western Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the weave is undoubtedly Timuri - a tribe with possibly Ersari Turkmen neighbours. The condition of the rug is very good overall with only some minor wear towards the upper section of the rug, near to the hand-panels.
Size: 1.40m x 0.86m (4' 7" x 2' 10").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM600

This gorgeous little Timuri prayer rug has a fabulous glowing indigo-blue field with an overall 'tree-of-life' design. Made around the last quarter of the 19th century, the rug has soft, silky wool and is in mint condition bar a tiny moth hole which I intend to have repaired.
It will be exhibited at the Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair from 6th-16th June 2013
Size: 1.55m x 0.90m (5' 1" x 3' 0").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM811

A deep,saturated indigo-blue field in soft, silky wool and a distinct abrash of colour gives this beautiful little prayer rug a stunning appearance. Made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century, the rug is in excellent condition, complete with the remains of brocaded skirts at each end.
Size: 1.40m x 0.91m (4' 7" x 3' 0").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM837

What a fabulous little rug! Made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century, the rug has a wonderful colour palette of natural-dye wool with highlights of silk which can be seen in the mihrab and in the stylised 'trees' depicted in the hand-panels (see the close-up images). The central field is knotted in natural undyed camel-hair and the overall feel of the woollen pile is soft and velvety. The beautiful brocaded skirts remain at both ends. A wonderful example of Timuri work as well as being unusually small.
Size: 1.30m x 0.82m (4' 3" x 2' 8").
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Antique Timuri Yaqoub-Khani Prayer-Rug, Western Afghanistan

Item Number
MAC13

This is a beautiful Timuri prayer-rug made by the Yaqoub-Khani sub-tribe around 1870-1880.
The rug is in excellent condition bar a tiny re-weave in the camel-hair field. Note the beautifully brocadsed skirts at each end. The natural dye red is derived from the cochineal insect and the field is knotted in natural camel-hair.
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM907

This stunning little prayer rug was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century. The rug has a natural camel-hair field and is in mint condition with unique tassels braided into the lower left and right corners - something I've never seen before! The design of 'ashiks' in the camel field is unusual in this type but we see the popular Timuri border highlighted in ivory. A truly great rug. These rugs are regularly mis-labeled 'Baluch'!
Size: 1.40m x 0.89m (4' 7" x 3' 0").
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Antique Timuri Main Carpet, Western Afghanistan.

Item Number
BM660

To Timuri and Baluch collectors, this carpet can only be described as fabulous! Albeit worn in the centre and also with corroded brown, it still glows as the best of Timuri carpets do. Look at the brocaded ends - just magnificent and complete! There is only one small area of repiling in the top right-hand corner where there was a slight ruck due to the tightness of the brocaded skirts, otherwise it is completely original.I hope it goes to a good home - to someone who will treasure it.
Size: 2.19m x 1.44m (7' 2" x 4' 9").
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Antique 'Prayer Rug', Timuri-Sangtschuli Tribe, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM889

This stunning 'prayer rug' must rank as one of the finest knotted pieces I've ever handled. The rug comprises a 'tree-of-life' in the natural camel-hair field and the long flat-woven skirts are complete at each end. For the only other known example of this exceptional type, see page 83 in the published collection of Marvin & Frederica Amstey in 'Vanishing Jewels - Central Asian tribal Weavings' - a 1990 exhibition at the Rochester Museum & Science Centre.
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Antique Dining Sofreh, Timuri - Yaqoub Khani ...

Item Number
BM1219

The dining sofreh was equivalent to our table-cloth in the West. It was spread out on the floor of the tent at mealtimes, bowls of food and bread placed on it, and the tribes-people would sit around, socialise and eat. This magnificent sofreh was probably made for a special person such as a tribal chief or khan as it is amazingly fine in weave technique. The natural camel-hair field shows two 'trees-of-life' rising up from the under-world, through the earthly world and into the realms of the spirit.
Size: 1.73m x 0.89m (5' 8" x 3' 0").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan

Item Number
BM666

A beautiful small prayer-rug of the Timuri tribes of western Afghanistan from around the mid 19th century. The rug is in good condition overall but requires some sides and ends restoration - relatively minor work. The small square size can indicate an early age thus my feeling that it is an 1850 piece. I love the electric-blue field and the minimal use of ivory. A truly stunning little rug which would make a wonderful wall-hanging!
Size: 1.22m x 0.97m (4' 0" x 3' 2").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Dokhtar-e-Qazi Group, ...

Item Number
BM984

This lovely 'Dokhtar-e-Qazi' prayer rug was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan around 1860-1870. This rug is not unlike the example illustrated in the second edition of my book 'Tribal Rugs' on page 66. This small group of prayer rugs is generally referred to as 'Dokhtar-e-Qazi' meaning 'daughter of the judge' from a legend that dates back 150 years known as Bahluli-e-Dana. This legend states that around the time of Queen Bilkish of Sabzevar, the daughter of a Timuri Qazi (judge) was wooed by a dervish shaman of the Bahluli tribe. Her father disapproved and attempted to chase him off with threats of death, so the shaman performed all sorts of miracles to impress the qazi and was allowed to marry her. These rugs, woven by the judge's daughter are believed to be the only true 'Dokhtar-e-Qazi rugs - 23 in all! I leave the rest to your imagination!
The rug has evenly-low pile all over in what I would term 'very good' condition for its age.
Size: 1.40m x 1.07m (4' 7" x 3' 6").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM510

This charming tiny prayer rug has recently been found in Afghanistan and brought to me by an Afghan aquaintance. It arrived with a small hole in the centre - could it have been from a bullit! - and which I have since had expertly re-woven. The rug, which was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the final years of the 19th century, has a beautiful glowing indigo-blue field comprising a small shrub or tree pattern overall and is in very good condition. It retains its flatwoven skirts at each end.
Size: 1.14m x 0.89m (3' 9" x 2' 11").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Yaqoub Khani Tribe, Borderlands ...

Item Number
MAC33

Early examples of Yaqoub Khani Timuri prayer-rugs are rare. This is an extremely finely-knotted example from the mid 19th century with a natural camel-hair field and highlights of silk throughout.
Note the very long brocaded skirts at each end - a sign of early work. The field contains a 'tree-of-life' rising from the underworld, through the earthly world to the world of the spirit. The rug is complete albeit having some wear, particularly at the base. Priced accordingly but very collectable and illustrated in my newly published 3rd edition of 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 88.
Size: 1.62m x 0.76m (5' 4" x 2' 6").
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Antique Timuri Tribal Rug, Western Afghanistan

Item Number
BM837

Small and beautiful, this early and delightful unusually small camel-ground rug was made by the Timuri tribes during the mid 19th century. The field design is very unusual and I love the use of a superb turquoise colour in some of the stylised flowers. Although the overall condition of the rug is very good, I have had some professional minor repairs carried out including replacement of the selvedges. The remains of the brocaded skirts, albeit worn, remain a very important part of this special little rug. This rug, like most featured on my website, has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Size: 1.22m x 0.78m (4' 0" x 2' 7").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

Item Number
BM1184

I love the graphics in this 19th century Timuri prayer-rug, the simplicity in the drawing of the tree rising up from the underworld, through the earthly world to the realms of the spirit. Dating from the 1860s, the rug is in remarkably good condition with the remains of the beautiful brocaded skirts and bar the usual brown-dye corrosion in places. The hand-panels are difficult to photograph precisely but it is worth noting that the trees in each of the panels are coloured in turquoise - not blue!
Size: 1.35m x 0.82m (4' 5" x 2' 8").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

Item Number
BM1002

Made by Timuri tribes on the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan around 1880, this lovely little prayer-rug must have been made for an important person within the tribe due to the plethora of silk highlights throughout. The design is beautifully drawn and the rug is in excellent pile. I particularly like the intricate brocaded skirts which have survived the ravages of use.
Size: 1.35m x 0.92m (4' 5" x 3' 0").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan

Item Number
BM369

This unusual prayer-rug with pointed mihrab - was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century. There are several small areas, particularly in the central 'leaf' pattern, where reweaves were done many years ago and the colour has faded slightly. Having said that, this is an unusual and collectable rug with very good shiny wool and excellent vegetable colours.
Size: 1.32m x 1.00m (4' 4" x 3' 3").
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