Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Bolvardi Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

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BM/BD2

This charming little rug with its beautiful light-green outer and inner borders, was possibly made by the Bolvardi taifeh of the Qashqa'i Confederacy circa 1890. The rug is in lovely condition with beautiful soft, glossy wool and a depiction of various animal life throughout the central field.
Size: 1.27m x 0.81m (4' 2" x 2' 8").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Possibly Shesh Boluki Tribe, ...

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BM1301

A truly gorgeous little rug of the Shesh Boluki taifeh of the Qashqa'i Confederacy, made circa 1890-1900. The rug, all vegetable dyes and in excellent condition, contains large curvilinear botehs in the indigo-blue field and surrounded by a myriad of birds and animals, including one solitary fat chicken! The wool is soft and shiny and the rug retains its original piled skirts at each end.
Size: 1.78m x 1.09m (5' 10" x 3' 7").
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Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM/JB

This finely knotted rug of the Qashqa'i nomads was made circa 1870-1880. The overall condition is very good, bar a small amount of mordant corrosion in the dark-brown dyed central field. The design in the central field is elegantly drawn and the ivory border is most attractive with its row of stylised botehs.
Size: 1.83m x 1.22m (6' 0" x 4' 0").
£3,500

Antique Qashqa'i Carpet, Fars Province, South-west Persia. ...

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BM1312

This fabulous 19th century Qashqa'i tribal small carpet is in excellent condition and made by the Amaleh or Arab Cherpanlu taifeh. The field incorporates a myriad of the so-called Qashqa'i 'scorpion' design - where the scorpion woven and knotted into rugs and weavings is supposed to ward off live scorpions! In my experience, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't!! The weave is very fine and the wool quality soft, glossy and very pliable. A stunning carpet.
Size: 2.44m x 1.40m (8' 0" x 4' 7").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Kashkuli Tribe, Fars Province, ...

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BM/GT2

An early and extremely finely knotted Qashqa'i rug made by the Kashkuli taifeh during the mid 19th century. The madder-red field contains a myriad of 'botehs' - flame symbols originating in Zoraostrianism and which are the proto-type of the Kashmiri shawl and Paisley patterns - which continue into the pea-green spandrels. Sadly, part of the upper and lower red outer borders are missing but otherwise, the rug is in good overall condition.
Size: 1.65m x 1.10m (5' 5" x 3' 7").
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Qashqa'i Tribes, South-West Persia

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BM521

A rare and quite unique Qashqa'i rug in the style of the designs used by Baluch nomads in the Ferdows region of south-eastern Persia. The rug, of course, is undoubtedly Qashqa'i and I would hazard a guess that it was made by the Shekarlu tribe within that confederacy. It is in very good condition but with some minor wear in places. It was made circa 1880, with stunning, saturated vegetable colour throughout.
Size: 1.52m x 1.12m (5' 0" x 3' 8").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Fars Province, South-West Persia ...

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BM901

This magnificent rug was made by the Qashqa'i tribes, around 1870/1880. The overall condition of the rug is excellent. The natural colours are wonderful and I love the two stylized figures in the centre!
Size: 1.80m x 1.10m (6' 0" x 3' 10").
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Antique Qashqa'i- Shekarlu Rug, Fars province, South-West ...

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BM790

This rug is truly fantastic. Not only is it amazing, it is in wonderful condition with complete brocaded skirts and braided warp-ends. The rugs of the Shekarlu sub-tribe are relatively rare and this one is no exception with its brick-red field (blue fields are more common) and more unusual borders than most. Made by the Qashqa'i-Shekarlu tribe around 1850 in Fars Province, south-west Persia.
Size: 2.36m x 1.83m (7' 9" x 6' 0").
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Antique Qashqa'i - Shekarlu Tribal Rug, Fars ...

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BM/SK

A rare, small size rug of the Shekarlu sub tribe, made around 1880. The majority of Shekarlu rugs are in large format size and it is very unusual to find small format rugs of this sub-tribe of the Qashqa'i Confederacy. The main border is typically Shekarlu - powerfully framing the indigo-blue field with its myriad of quadrupeds and flowers. In very good condition, the rug is only in need of a good bath - arranged for this coming week.
Size: 1.40m x 1.10m (4' 7" x 3' 7").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Kashkuli Sub Tribe, Fars ...

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BM701

This beautiful 19th century Qashqa'i-Kashkuli rug was acquired recently from an old English country house. It's a beautiful piece with evenly low pile but with several holes and poor old re-weaves throughout which will require about 500 spent on it. I have had the rug professionally washed and the price reflects its current state. The wonderful old natural colours are stunning.
Size: 2.14m x 1.22m (7' 0" x 4' 0").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Fars Province, South West ...

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BM730

This is one of the oldest Qashqa'i rugs I've seen. I would take a good guess that it dates to the first half 19th century - a rare find these days! Although in poor condition with wear and some old, poor re-weaves and re-woven ends, the rug has a wonderful archaic look to it that pre-dates the more 'commonly known' late 19th century Qashqa'i rugs. From the weave structure, I feel that it might have been made by the Bolvardi sub-tribe of the Qashqa'i Confederacy. Ignoring condition issues, this is a rare and highly collectable example of early Qashqa'i work and would make a beautiful wall-hanging.
Size: 1.62m x 1.10m (5' 4" x 3' 7").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, South-West Persia

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BM523

This charming little Qashqa'i rug was made in south-west Persia around 1900 and in excellent condition.
Size: 1.70m x 1.20m (5' 7" x 4' 0").
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Antique Qashqa'i - Kashkuli Rug, Fars Province, ...

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BM1105

This fabulous Qashqa'i rug was made by the Kashkuli nomads around 1870 and has fantastic natural colours, particularly the glowing sky-blue field with its water-garden design.
In the centre, lies the typical Qashqa'i 'scorpion' symbol and just to the lower left and right of this, in the blue field, if you look closely enough, you might just spot two little fat chickens!
Size: 1.73m x 1.07m (5' 8" x 3' 6").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Kashkuli Sub-Tribe, Fars Province, ...

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BM1157

Qashqa'i elegance personified! Just magnificent and just in today. The Kashkuli were the finest weavers within the Qashqa'i Confederacy and here we see an example of their best work. Look at the close-up images for the best colour - glowing natural dyes throughout - with a near-blue/black field containing Qashqa'i 'scorpion' lozenges in different colours and disappearing out under the borders. The madder-red spandrels contain elegant curvilinear 'botehs' and the glowing indigo-blue main border has a continual two fish swimming around a water-lily, symbolising happiness.
A truly fabulous rug in excellent condition.
Size: 1.90m x 1.22m (6' 3" x 4' 0").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Fars, South-West Persia

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MAC7

A rare and fabulous little rug made by Qashqa'i tribes in Fars province, south-west Persia around 1880. Small Qashqa'i rugs are rare - they are usually of a much larger size. This rug is in excellent condition and incorpoates a variety of bird and animal life throughout.
Size: 1.22m x 0.84m (4' 0" x 2' 9").

Please e-mail me for a price.
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, South-West Persia

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BM600

This unusual and finely knotted little Qashqa'i rug was probably made by Kashkuli weavers - the finest rug-makers within the Qashqa'i Confederacy -during the second half of the 19th century. The colours are all vegetable and the rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.26m x 0.99m (4' 2" x 3' 3").
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Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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MAC17

Gabbehs were reasonably coarsely knotted for the purpose of using as everyday floor rugs in the black tent and also for wrapping-up children during the long, cold winter nights. Today, gabbehs are relatively rare due to the fact that they were worn out quickly and discarded and because they are no longer made in the ancient traditional way. All gabbehs had simple designs - some coloured - some made in un-dyed wool such as this one, referred to as 'shooli' gabbehs. This gabbeh, made by Qashqa'i nomads around 1900, is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.21m x 1.07m (7' 3" x 3' 6").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Fars Province, South-West Persia ...

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BM410

This charming little Qashqa'i rug is in excellent condition. I estimate this rug to be a fairly early type - possibly around 1860-1870 period. The colours are all vegetable and the rug contains some interesting images - a stylised woman in the left-middle field; stylised birds in the field and in the top-left spandrel and another stylised figure in the top left blue field.
A fine and very collectable rug of the Qashqa'i tribes.
1.55m x 1.18m (5' 1" x 3' 10").
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Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i-Kashkuli Tribe, Fars Province, South-West ...

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In this rare Gabbeh, we see the recumbant lion resting at night. The single large '8-pointed star' above the lion demonstrates the creative imagination of the weaver and calls to mind that in the remote past, instead of the sun, a star was sometimes coupled with the lion as the national emblem of Persia. Outside the frame in which the lion is resting, the birds perched on branches are suggestive of day rather than night. The vegetable-dye wool is amazingly soft and lustrous and the rug is in very good condition overall.
Size: 2.16m x 1.37m (7' 1" x 4' 6").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Fars Province, South-West Persia. ...

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BM02

This beautiful Qashqa'i rug, made circa 1870, has a myriad of creatures of all kinds depicted in the indigo-blue field. Look to the lower left of the top large lozenge and you will see a horse and rider and then just cast your eye over the entire field - which might take several hours, even months - and you will find many interesting animals and symbols! All dyes are vegetable and the rug is in good condition, albeit evenly low pile all over, but not worn. The ivory border is a powerful frame to a magical rug.
Size: 2.40m x 1.45m (7' 10" x 4' 9").
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Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM/JH

This rug had been hanging on the wall of a collector's English home for 40 years! It's an amazing rug. The animal and bird imagery is quite unique and I can say that it is one of the most interesting Qashqa'i rugs I've ever seen. Spend some time looking at the close-up images and you will see the phenomenal number of stylised creatures that abound throughout. I can see why the collector had it on his wall where he was able to just sit and look at it. The overall condition of the pile is very good. There are a few areas with minor wear and some old repairs but nothing major. The colours are all natural and I would guess the age of the rug to be circa 1860-1870. I can't speak highly enough of this rug - it's magnificent.
For the collector of Qashqa'i rugs, this is one not to be missed!
Size: 2.24m x 1.25m (7' 4" x 4' 1").
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Antique South-West Persian Rug, Qashqa'i - Bolvardi ...

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BM1149

Dated 1334 in the Islamic calendar (1916 in the solar calendar), this magnificent rug was probably made by a sub-tribe of the Qashqa'i Confederacy - possibly the Bolvardi or even a Luri tribe? It is in excellent pile all over and is complete with its additional skirts at each end. The indigo-blue field contains three large 'birds-heads' lozenges incorporating the 'scorpion' symbol within and the field is scattered with various symbols and plants. What is particularly attractive, is the stunning use of green in the central lozenge. Although not the earliest south-west Persian rug in the world, it is a most attractive early 20th century piece with natural colours - probably the last vestiges of true nomadic art.
Size: 2.24m x 1.23m (7' 4" x 4' 0").
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Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM1079

A most attractive rug of the Qashqa'i nomads, made during the second half of the 19thcentury. The abrash of vegetable colours is wonderful and the rug is in overall good, evenly-low pile with some loss of end border and expertly replaced selvedges.
Size: 1.90m x 1.37m (6' 3" x 4' 6").
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Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM1040

Simply magnificent! Superb vegetable colours creating a wonderful colour palette. Made during the second half of the 19th century by Qashqa'i tribes in Fars Province, south-west Persia, gabbehs were made then for everyday use in the tents and for wrapping-up children during the long cold winter nights. Today, gabbehs are rare - most were used and discarded when worn out. Those that remain have become highly collectable. The overall condition of this gabbeh is good - evenly low pile but very acceptable.
Size: 2.34m x 1.40m (7' 8" x 4' 7").
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