Antique Saddle-Bags, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan.

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BM/PC12

Why I'm selling this beautiful and visually attractive 'khorjin' (saddle-bags) I have no idea, as they have been in my personal collection for many years! Anyway, I hope they will find a good home where they will be appreciated for the stunning quality they are.
Illustrated in my 3rd edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 264, they were made by Shahsevan nomads in Azerbaijan during the last quarter of the 19th Century. The overall design appears to be stylised 'trees' and on the back, the charming depiction of stylised birds and various other symbols including a quadruped with body missing! These wonderful bags are in excellent complete overall condition and have been loved and well looked after.
Size: 1.25 x 0.53m (4' 1" x 1' 9").
£1,750
| $2,330 USD | €1,983 EUR

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

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BM/DR123

Here we see one of three fabulous mafrash (bedding-bag) panels recently acquired.
Woven by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan Plain around 1870-1880, these panels originally comprised a large bedding-bag or cargo-bag, used for transporting bedding during long migrations. Such mafrash were heavily used and thus often came apart, were discarded and new mafrash woven. These panels are particularly attractive and rare as they incorporate the stylised 'peacock' or 'winged griffin' in three horizontal bands - two bands woven in madder-red and a single central band in indigo-blue.
Size: 1.05m x 0.61m (3' 5" x 2' 0").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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LPN7

Another superb Shahsevan salt-bag, this time in knotted-pile on the face and horizontal bands of plain-weave on the back, and made by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan Steppe around the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Stunning in its simplicity with an ivory '8-pointed star' in the centre - a symbol of happiness, fertility and masculinity. Note around the lozenge in the neck of the bag, four 'quincunx' or dice-fives - these symbolise protection against the evil eye.
Size: 48cm x 40cm (1' 7" x 1' 4").
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Antique Saddle-Bags, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan, Azerbaijan.

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RUGMAC2

Small 'khorjin' (saddle-bags) like this are rare these days. Most were cut in half by unscrupulous dealers in the bazaars of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran being more saleable as individual bags. Therefore few complete bags survived. This small khorjin is extremely finely woven in soumack technique comprising double-headed birds in the centre of each bag symbolising the guardians of the gates of Paradise. The ivory cotton border is beautifully drawn with spacious symbols all the way round.
The khorjin is complete with plain-weave madder-red back.
Size: 67cm x 28cm (2' 2" x 11").
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Antique Shadda, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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BM/MJ1

A rare and magnificent flatweave called a 'Shadda', from the Shahsevan tribes of the Moghan region in Azerbaijan.
The flat-weave is in original condition, bar a few tiny holes, and had been hanging in a London house for 20 years. Dating to circa 1850, the shadda contains four rows of camel caravans on migration. A truly fabulous and highly collectable flatweave that was once an important dowry weaving.
Size: 2.06m x 1.98m (6' 9" x 6' 6").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads of Hashtrud, North-West ...

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LPN4

This magnificent salt-bag - 'namakdan' in Persian - was originally part of my private collection of bags, but I've decided I'd rather pass it on to someone who will enjoy it rather than it stuck in a camphor chest! The bag is rare, complete with braided hanging cord and superb in every way. Woven by Shahsevan nomads in the Hashtrud region of north-west Persia/Azerbaijan, bags like this were used for storing rock-salt which was given to their animals to help in the dehydration process during long migrations. A very collectable salt-bag an illustrated in my 3rd edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 263.
Size: 67cm x 40cm (2' 2" x 1' 4").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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BM/DA

This new arrival is such a magnificent salt-bag (namakdan).
Woven by Shahsevan nomads during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the fantastic natural colours and fine weft-float brocading on the face is just superb. This certainly ranks amongst the very best of salt-bags. The bag is complete with plain-weave back in horizontal bands of all the colours used in the face, and with original selvedges and tufted corners symbolising 'good luck', this is a highly collectible bag.
Size: 64cm x 48cm (2' 1" x 1' 7").
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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").
SOLD

Antique Dining Sofreh, Shahsevan Tribes of Varamin, ...

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BM/S1

Spectacular! A rare natural green field comprising a magnificent lozenge in the centre which I suspect symbolises flowing water, all important in nomadic life with bread and salt.
Woven around 1900-1910, this sofreh was made by Shahsevan nomads in the environs of Veramin in north-west Persia. The dining sofreh, as the name implies, was used to spread on the floor of the tent during mealtimes, or in the presence of special guests or dignitaries, and bowls of food, bread, goats cheese, herbs and tea placed upon it. the nomads and their guests would sit cross-legged around the sofreh, eating and conversing.
I love it and I've had trouble parting with it!!
Size: 1.10m x 0.77m (3' 7" x 2' 6").
SOLD

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan, Azerbaijan

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BM554

A rare and beautiful Salt-Bag (Namakdan), woven by Shahsevan tribes in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan during the mid 19th century. Salt-bags of this quality and age are extremely rare in todays market-place and this is a great example of its type.
Size: 61cm x 40cm (2' 0" x 1' 4").
SOLD

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

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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").
SOLD

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

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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").
SOLD