Antique Mafrash Panel, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan, Azerbaijan. ...

Item Number
BM/NG

This panel once formed one of the side panels to a large bedding bag (mafrash), woven by Shahsevan nomads during the second half of the 19th century. It is extremely finely woven and shows the high level of expertise and care that went into making such utilitarian bags.
Size: 1.00m x 0.41m (3' 3" x 1' 4").
£1,250

Antique Half Saddlebag Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan, ...

Item Number
BM1147

This fantastic half saddlebag face was woven in warp-face technique around the mid 19th century. Sadly, the back is missing but the most important part of the bag remains - the face. Each compartment contains '8-pointed stars' - symbols of spirituality and protection - in beautiful natural shades of indigo-blue, turquoise, golden yellow and madder-red.
Size: 53cm x 62cm (1' 9" x 2' 0").
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Antique Saddle-Bag-Face, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

Item Number
BM573

This rare and early Shahsevan piled saddle-bag face with good natural colours has been washed and restored. Highly collectable!
Sizes: 56cm x 61cm (1' 10" x 2' 0") each.
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Antique Half Saddle-Bag, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

Item Number
BM468

Knotted-pile bags of the Shahsevan tribes are rare and here we have an excellent example of piled Shahsevan work made around 1880. The wool quality is superb - soft and lustrous in glorious vegetable colours - and the bag is complete with its original selvedges and flatwoven back.
Size: 51cm x 48cm (1' 8" x 1' 7").
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Antique 'Quirklig' - Scissors-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads of ...

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The 'Quirklig' was the woven bag for containing pairs of scissors - as can be seen in the photos attached - showing front and back of the bag. Bags of this age are now rare and this is a lovely example of the bags made by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan region around the latter part of the 19th century. This bag is sold without the scissors, which are part of my own collection.
Size: 41cm x 10cm (1' 4" x 4").
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Antique Saddle Bags, Shahsevan Tribes of Bijar, ...

Item Number
BM731

Another arrival from Iran, is this wonderful pair of small saddle bags, made by Shahsevan tribes in the region of Bijar, north-western Persia circa 1870-1880.
The bags are in mint condition with glorious natural colours throughout, original selvedges and a plain-weave back in horizontal bands of the same colours as used in the front faces.
Size: 56cm x 30cm (1' 10" x 12").
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Antique Bag, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

Item Number
BM549

This charming little bag was knotted by Shahsevan tribes in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan during the second half of the 19th century. The bag, which only arrived today, is in a filthy condition, but, when given a careful wash, the wool will glow like velvet! There is a small area of damage to the lower right corner - which can be seen in one of the close-up images - due to wear and tear over 100 plus years - a bit like myself!!
Size: 34cm x 30cm (13" x 12").
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Antique Shears-Bag, Afshar Tribes, Southern Persia

Item Number
BM868

Bags for containing large shears for shearing the long-haired, fat-tailed sheep, are rare. These large shears bags are much larger than the similar-shaped scissors-bags. This is a superb example of soumack work made by an Afshar weaver during the second half of the 19th century. The design on the front of the bag is more or less repeated on the other side where a small tear can be seen - probably a cut from the shears - which has been secured with weft-webbing. Beautiful natural colours and a very collectable bag.
Size: 58cm x 15cm (1' 11" x 6").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Tribes, Karabagh, South Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM517

A stunning Salt-Bag (Namakdan) of the Shahsevan tribes of Karabagh, southern Caucasus nmade around 1880. The bag is in excellent, original condition in sumack weave with narrow horizontal bands of flatweave on the back.
Size: 43cm x 33cm (1' 5" x 1'1")
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Antique Half-Saddle Bag, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, ...

Item Number
BM913

Wonderful, natural, vivid colours abound in this half-saddle bag, made by Shahsevan tribes in the region of Moghan, Azerbaijan, during the last quarter of the 19th century. I love the pattern of symbolic 'S' motifs - either a depiction of stylised birds or dragons. The bag is in excellent condition and retains its original flat-woven back in horizontal bands of red and golden-yellow.
Size: 60cm x 50cm (2' 0" x 1' 8").
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Antique Khorjin, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

Item Number
BM578

Small khorjin (saddlebags) like this were often made for the younger members of the tribe to keep their personal belongings safe. These beautiful little flatwoven saddlebags were made by Shahsevan tribes in Azerbaijan during the last quarter of the 19th century and are of superlative work with tremendous expression in the design. In mint condition.
Size: 54cm x 25cm (1' 9" x 10").
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Tent Decoration, Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

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Shahsevan tents were elaborately decorated with all kinds of utilitarian weavings including this charming tent hanging. In excellent condition, I estimate this was woven around 1900.
Length of band excluding braided tie-cords = 1.80m (5' 11").
Width of woven band = 14cm (5.5")
Depth from top to bottom of tassels = 92cm (3').
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Antique Salt Bag, Shahsevan Tribes of Varamin, ...

Item Number
BM1014

I love the simplicity of the 'tree' on this early salt-bag woven in plain-weave technique. Made by Shahsevan tribes in the Varamin region of north-central Persia, it quite likely dates to the 3rd quarter of the 19th century.
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Antique Saddle-Bag Face, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan, Azerbaijan. ...

Item Number
BM471

Here we have a beautiful, early Shahsevan 'sumak' saddle-bag - one half only - in good condition and woven in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan around 1850-1860. The central design is often referred to as a stylised 'eagle' and often found in the earlier weavings of the Shahsevan.
Size: 51cm x 56cm (1' 8" x 1' 10").
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Antique Spindle-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads of Bijar, North-West ...

Item Number
MAC 3

This bag was probably used to contain spindles and made by Shahsevan nomads in the Bijar region of north-west Persia around 1900. It is in excellent condition.
Size: 46cm x 15cm (1' 6" x 6").
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Antique Saddle-Bags, Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

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These are a fantastic pair of saddle-bags. Woven by Shahsevan nomads in Azerbaijan in the second half 19th century, they are complete with original plain-weave back. The intricate soumack weave all over is just amazing when you think such bags were entirely utilitarian. The colours too, are vibrant vegetable-dye and the design in the central field consist of a myriad of 'birds[heads' lozenges - guardians of the gates of Paradise!
Size: 1.57m x 0.56m (5' 2" x 1' 10").
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Antique Chanteh (Vanity Bag), Shahsevan Tribes, North-West ...

Item Number
BM796

This very old and rare Vanity Bag ('Chanteh' in Persian) was woven by Shahsevan nomads in north-western Persia around 1850. The finely executed soumack technique is indicative of a tribe that produced probably the very best flat-woven work up until the end of the 19th century. The front top of the plain-weave section of the bag is expertly re-woven as is the lower section of the back.
Size: 25cm x 25cm (10" x 10").
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan, Azerbaijan.

Item Number
BM/MS

This tiny 'chanteh' or vanity-bag was made during the 19th century by Shahsevan nomads in the environs of Moghan, Azerbaijan. All vegetable colours, it is woven in warp-face technique and is complete with plain-weave back. This is a rare and very collectable little bag.
Size: 33cm x 26cm (13" x 10").
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Antique Shears/Water-Pipe Bag, Shahsevan Nomads of Moghan, ...

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This superb quality bag, made specifically for containing large sheep-shears or water-pipes, was woven by Shahsevan nomads during the 19th century in the environs of Moghan, Azerbaijan. The front of the bag is soumak-woven and the back in narrow, vertical coloured bands of plain-weave. Bags of this age are now rare.
Size: 53cm x 13cm (1' 9" x 5").
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Antique mini Khorjin (saddle-bags), Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan. ...

Item Number
BM1030

This lovely pair of mini saddle-bags (khorjin) were woven by Shahsevan nomads during the second half of the 19th century. They are complete albeit in rather used condition but nevertheless, charming and authentic. All the colours are vegetable and condition is reflected in the very reasonable price for such a rare artefact.
Size: 58cm x 27cm (2' 0" x 11").
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Antique Saddle-Cover, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

Item Number
BM681

This magnificent knotted saddle-cover, shows the opening for the cantle and virtually unseen, a small slit for the pommel. The cover was made by Shahsevan tribes in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan during the third quarter of the 19th century with good vegetable dyes. The majority of Shahsevan horse trappings tend to be highly intricate flatwoven horse covers but in this saddle cover, we find a rare and very collectable knotted-pile weaving. It is in very good condition bar only two small re-weaves on each side of the cantle.
Size: 91cm x 76cm (3' 0" x 2' 6").
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Old Vanity Bag, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

Item Number
BM677

This charming little 'chanteh' or vanity bag must be one of the smallest I've handled! It is woven in very fine soumack technique and depicts two camels and two peacocks on the face - the back woven in plainweave technique. It probably dates to around the 1930s and was woven by Shahsevan nomads in Azerbaijan.
14cm x 13cm (5.5" x 5")
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Antique Saddle-Bags (khorjin), Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan, Azerbaijan. ...

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Complete 19th century saddle-bags are scarce these days as most were cut in half and used to make cushions. Here we see an extremely finely woven pair of bags, complete in every way, with saturated natural colours and made by Shahsevan nomads in the second half of the 19th century.
Size: 1.23m x 0.51m (4' 0" x 1' 8").
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Antique Small Saddlebags, Shahsevan Tribes of Bijar, ...

Item Number
BM574

These lovely small saddlebags were made by Shahsevan tribes in the region of Bijar in north-west Persia during the second half of the 19th century. They are in excellent condition with original madder-red plain-weave back with the front faces woven in soumack technique. All the colours are natural and the bags exude a powerful tribal appeal.
Size: 71cm x 28cm (2' 4" x 11").
SOLD