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

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BM/VK6

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

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BM/VK5

This unusual but utterly charming 'namakdan' (salt-bag) is piled on both faces and was made by Shahsevan tribes in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan at the end of the 19th century.
Size: 44cm x 30cm (1' 5" x 1' 0").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Mafrash Side Panel, Shahsevan Nomads of ...

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BM/VK3

I love the immense power being generated by this fabulous reverse-soumack panel which at one time, was the side of a complete 'mafrash' - a large storage bag. Many of these beautifully made bags were difficult to sell in the western markets and dealers in the bazaars of Azerbaijan and Iran would simply undo the stitching holding them together or cut them up, and sell them more easily in the form of individual panels. The specific weave used in this panel indicates that it was woven by the Shahsevan nomads of the Karadag region, probably during the early - mid 19th century.
Size: 78cm x 33cm (2' 7" x 1' 1").
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Antique Saddle-Bag Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

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BM/Shahsevan 2

As in the previous image of the pair to this one, we see a very rare knotted-pile bag-face of the Shahsevan nomads with the most beautiful, saturated natural colours.
Size: 53cm x 50cm (1' 9" x 1' 8").
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Antique Saddle-Bag Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

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BM/Shahsevan 1

A very rare pair of very early knotted-pile saddle-bag faces, made by Shahsevan nomads during the early 19th century in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan. Although missing their flat-woven backs, these bagfaces are highly collectable in todays market-place. The beautiful, saturated natural colours are just magnificent and the wool is soft and glossy.
Size: 53cm x 50cm (1' 9" x 1' 8").
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Antique Shears-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads of Bijar, North-West ...

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BM/AU

This charming bag, woven in overlay/underlay brocading technique, was made for containing shears or scissors by Shahsevan nomads in the environs of Bijar, around 1900. It is in very good condition - complete with plain-weave back.
Size: 51cm x 13cm (1' 8" x 5").
SOLD
| $632 USD | €538 EUR

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
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Saddle-Bag-Face, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

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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

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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").
SOLD
| $865 USD | €736 EUR

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, ...

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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

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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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