Antique Timuri Carpet, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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In near-mint condition, this gorgeous Timuri rug has the highest quality soft, shiny wool with highlights of green silk throughout and complete kilim skirts at each end. The central 'tree-of-life' has branches protruding from it and surrounded by a multitude of symbols - stunning and subtle in its drawing. The madder-red main border depicts a continuous vine - symbolically representing the eternal cycle of life. Made circa 1880 -1900 by Sangtschuli tribes on the eastern Persian/western Afghanistan border, it really needs to be seen and handled to fully appreciate the high quality of the work involved. This is Timuri weaving at its best!
Size: 2.44m x 1.27m (8' 0" x 4' 2").
| $6,404 USD | €5,541 EUR

Timuri Tribal Rug, Borderlands of Eastern Persia ...

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This beautiful little rug, made by Timuri tribes on the border-lands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan circa 1850, is a very rare and collectible type with its natural camel-hair field, containing a myriad of tiny shrubs in beautiful natural shades of red, blue and green. The main border itself is rare and the remains of the brocaded skirts have been preserved with binding on the reverse. The sides have been re-selvedged in order to preserve as much as possible, otherwise there are no other repairs.
Size: 1.22m x 0.78m (4' 0" x 2' 7").
| $3,101 USD | €2,683 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri - Dokhtar-e-Qazi Sub-Tribe, Borderlands ...

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The blue-ground prayer-rugs of the Timuri tribes are scarce in every sense of the word and this one, made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, is complete with no repairs and with unusually complete flat-woven skirts. The field design incorporates the 'shrub' pattern, used more often in the nineteenth century by the Dokhtar-e-Qazi sub-tribe. The dark brown colour, which is fairly heavily corroded, would have been dyed with pistachio bark or oak galls and mordanted in an iron solution - usually iron slag or camel urine - thus causing the heavy corrosion over 100 years plus! The hand-panels contain beautifully-drawn 'trees-of-life'.
The best place for this small rug today in order to preserve its completeness, would be to hang it on the wall with a low-voltage spot to light up the deep indigo-blue background.
Size: 1.50m x 1.12m (4' 11" x 3' 8").
| $2,359 USD | €2,042 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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Rare and deeply saturated in glowing vegetable colours, this prayer-rug was made by Timuri nomads in the mid 19th century. Very few Timuris with this field and border design appear on the market and this rug is in overall very good condition bar some slight corrosion in the dark brown/black dye. In sunlight, as a dear, late friend of mine once said, the colours are like oil floating on water. This rug has to be seen to be fully appreciated, but with the sun shining on it, the colours are amazing. Note the powerful ivory border framing the field and mihrab and the long brocaded skirt at the lower end - again incredibly rare. This is a rug for collectors - a rug of a type of which few exist.
The rug is illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 90 of the third edition.
Size: 1.30m x 0.86m (4' 3" x 2' 10").

Antique 'Prayer Rug', Timuri-Sangtschuli Tribe, Western Afghanistan ...

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This stunning 'prayer rug' must rank as one of the finest knotted pieces I've ever handled. The rug comprises a 'tree-of-life' in the natural camel-hair field and the long flat-woven skirts are complete at each end. For the only other known example of this exceptional type, see page 83 in the published collection of Marvin & Frederica Amstey in 'Vanishing Jewels - Central Asian tribal Weavings' - a 1990 exhibition at the Rochester Museum & Science Centre.

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Dokhtar-e-Qazi Sub-Tribe, ...

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A rare and beautiful Timuri prayer-rug of the Dokhtar-e-Qazi tribe made circa 1880.
Dokhtar-e-Qazi literally means 'daughter of the judge' - a sub tribe of the Timuri that occupied the border area of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan. The indigo-blue field is decorated with a small tree or shrub design which is peculiar to this tribe together with the distinctive pointed-shape mihrab. The rug is in excellent condition and is complete with flat-woven ends.
See my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' for a similar example and my recent article in the December 2018 Carpet Collector magazine covering the Timuri nomads.
Size: 1.43m x 1.13m (4' 8" x 3' 8").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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The exceptional 19th century blue-ground prayer-rugs of the Timuri tribes are rare. This one is exceptional. It comprises a stylised 'tree-of-life' in the central indigo-blue field with trees depicted in the hand-panels at the top as well. The skirts, as in the very best examples, are fantastically brocaded and the wool is of the highest quality, sheared once a year from mountain fat-tail sheep.
I have written an article on the prayer-rugs of the Timuri in the last issue of Carpet Collector, a magazine aimed at connoisseurs of tribal weaving. In this article, I point out what I feel, are the wrong attributions of Timuri rugs being labelled 'Baluch'.


Antique Timuri Tribal Rug, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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This magnificent rug of the Timuri tribes was made circa 1870 on the borderlands with eastern Persia and western Afghanistan. The rug is in full, soft, silky pile throughout and is complete with beautifully brocaded skirts at each end - a rare thing to see these days! I particularly like the powerful ivory border containing a continuous vine, often seen in the rugs of the Baluch tribes, which frames the beautiful deep indigo-blue field design.
Size: 2.03m x 0.95m (6' 8" x 3' 1").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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This is an exceptionally attractive 'namazlik' (prayer-rug) of the Timuri tribes with a natural camel-hair field containing two stylised 'trees-of-life' rising upwards from the underworld, through the earthly world and up to the world of the spirits - the nomadic belief of the '3-level' universe. I love the two hand-panels with their myriad of botehs and of course, the sides over-cast in blue and red as was done by the Timuri weavers.
Made in the borderlands area of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan during the third quarter of the nineteenth century, this is a very fine and highly collectible rug in very good condition.
Size: 1.25m x 0.87m (4' 1" x 2' 10").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of East ...

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An amazing 19th century prayer-rug of the Timuri tribes, inhabiting the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan and made circa 1870-1880.
The field comprises a natural camel-hair background with a very stylised 'tree-of-life' rising upwards and symbolising the 3-level universe. What is unusual in this small rug is the main border design which is more often found on large carpets of the Timuri. Another rare and interesting symbol is the fern or tree-like motif found on either side of the central tree. The remains of the chevron kilim ends can be seen at the bottom of the rug.
Size: 1.53m x 0.96m (5' 0" x 3' 2").

Antique Corridor Runner, Timuri - Dokhtar-e -Qazi ...

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It's unusual to find a runner made by the Timuri - Dokhtar-e-Qazi tribes on the east Persian/west Afghan border area from circa 1880. It is also a great size, very suitable for UK and European homes. The overall field design is the small shrub pattern of the Dokhtar-e-Qazi nomads, depicted on a deep, indigo-blue ground. The runner is in very good even pile, albeit with a few minor repairs.
Size: 3.71m x 0.76m (12' 2" x 2' 6").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan

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A beautiful small prayer-rug of the Timuri tribes of western Afghanistan from around the mid 19th century. The rug is in good condition overall but requires some sides and ends restoration - relatively minor work. The small square size can indicate an early age thus my feeling that it is an 1850 piece. I love the electric-blue field and the minimal use of ivory. A truly stunning little rug which would make a wonderful wall-hanging!
Size: 1.22m x 0.97m (4' 0" x 3' 2").