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

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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").
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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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").
| $3,329 USD | €2,833 EUR

Antique Rare Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Kashkuli Taifeh, ...

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This very rare and unusual Qashqa'i rug was made by the Kashkuli taifeh with silk wefts - made for a Khan or tribal chief. The rug contains an ivory inscribed panel in the lower indigo-blue field which reads 'Sanay'e Qashqa'i' and dated 1298 in the Islamic calendar - 1881 in the solar calendar. The four outer botehs and four inner botehs are beautifully drawn and the indigo-blue abrash shows the lovely use of natural colour.
Size: 1.25m x 0.95m (4' 1" x 3' 1").

Antique Qashqa'i Poshti, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, ...

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Small Poshtis (mats) made by the Qashqa'i are uncommon and this charming little poshti has a myriad of '8-pointed' stars throughout the central field, disappearing under the borders and into infinity. The '8-pointed' star symbolises protection and in Persian, is referred to as 'gezel geichi'.
This little poshti is in good overall condition albeit the pile is evenly low, and was made at the end of the 19th century.
76cm x 54cm (2' 6" x 1' 9").

Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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Antique 'gabbehs' - thickly-piled rugs for everyday use in the tents and for wrapping up children during the long, cold winter nights - are very rare today. I found this one in the north of England in a filthy state and have since had it thoroughly washed and restored. The result is quite amazing, with the fabulous natural colours glowing and the wool soft and lustrous. Even the original braided end finishes remain intact!
Gabbehs were simplistic in every way - designed to be made quickly and for hard use on the floors of the tents. The designs were the weavers' own art - what they wanted to create and what they saw around them in terms of the colours of the landscape such as the sun setting over the mountains etc. - not in any way following the elegant and probably later weavings with their specific tribal symbols and identity. I love this gabbeh and I hope you will too!
Size: 2.08m x 1.31m (6' 10" x 4' 4").

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

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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").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Possibly Shesh Boluki Tribe, ...

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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").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Kashkuli Tribe, Fars Province, ...

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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").

Qashqa'i Tribes, South-West Persia

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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").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Fars Province, South-West Persia ...

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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").

Antique Qashqa'i- Shekarlu Rug, Fars province, South-West ...

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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").

Antique Qashqa'i - Shekarlu Tribal Rug, Fars ...

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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").