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

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TL1

This beautiful 19th century prayer rug, made by Timuri tribes on the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan, has been in a US collection for over 60 years.
The rug is in excellent condition and retains its complete brocaded skirts at each end. As is the case with 19th century Timuri work, the vegetable-dye wool is of a superior quality, taken from their fat-tailed sheep, fed on the luscious grass in their summer pastures, high up in the Band-i-Baba and Sia Bubak mountains. The central field comprises of a rare Timuri 'tree' design with highlights of turquoise, which is not easy to see in the attached photos, but I can assure you, it is there!
A rare find and a highly collectable little rug of the Timuri nomads.
Size: 1.37m x 0.81m (4' 6" x 2' 8").
£3,500

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

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SJ5

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").
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Antique Timuri Tribal Rug, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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SJ3

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").
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Antique Balisht (pillow bag-face), Timuri Yaqoub-Khani Tribe, ...

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BM/ZM

I acquired this very rare and finely knotted Timuri pillow-bag-face (balisht) around 1978 on my return from Iran and apart from it being in my personal collection for many years and then sold to a private collection several years ago for a short period, it has now been returned to me! This beautiful bag-face with its 'tree-of-life' on a camel-hair background represents, to these nomads, the 3-level universe where the roots of the tree are in the underworld, the trunk is in the earthly world and the branches are in the realms of the spirit. Although sadly missing its flat-woven back and some border loss top and bottom, this is probably the finest balisht I've ever come across. Highly collectable and illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' it was made by the Yaqoub-Khani tribe around the third quarter 19th century.
Size: 91cm x 43cm (3' 0" x 1' 5")
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

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SJ1

This unusual and charming prayer-rug (namazlik) was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan circa 1900. The overall condition is excellent with soft, shiny wool and highlights of silk and yellow cotton. The rug is complete with attractive brocaded skirts at each end.
Size: 1.27m x 0.81m (4' 2" x 2' 8").
£1,750

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri - Salar Khani Tribes, ...

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DR3

This beautiful, finely-knotted prayer-rug was made by Salar Khani nomads, a sub-tribe of the Timuri, around 1900. The overall field design consists of small Turkmen 'kochaks' with the borders framing the central field most attractively. The rug is in excellent condition with intricately brocaded skirts at each end. A truly stunning little rug.
Size: 1.48m x 0.89m (4' 10" x 2' 11").
£1,750

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Dokhtar-e-Qazi Tribe, Western Afghanistan. ...

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BM/JS

The prayer-rugs with this specific design incorporating a pointed mihrab on an indigo-blue background with overall small 'shrub' or 'tree' in the central field, belong to a small sub-tribe of the Timuri called the Dokhtar-e-Qazi (daughter of the Judge or Khan). Rugs of this quality from the 19th century rarely appear on the market these days and this one is one of the best - a beautiful example of the type with a wonderful palette of vegetable dyes. The last one in my possession was many years ago and published in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' under the 'Timuri' section.
Size: 1.53m x 1.12m (5' 0" x 3' 8").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

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BM/AE1

This must rank as one of the very best 19th century Timuri prayer-rugs I've had the great pleasure of owning for a very short while. I knew as soon as it was advertised, it would fly out - like the proverbial flying carpet! The condition was near-mint - beautiful soft, glossy vegetable-dye wool and complete with flat-woven skirts. It was previously acquired in the 1940s from a well-known carpet dealer in the West End of London and found its way to the Antipodes. I find myself very lucky to acquire it and now pass it on to someone who will, I know, treasure it.
Size: 1.50m x 1.20m (4' 11" x 3' 11").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

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BM/GD

My favourite tribal rugs must be those of the Timuri nomads of western Afghanistan.
I love their juxtaposition of glowing indigo-blues and madder-reds and this rare tiny prayer-rug just sings these fabulous colours. The motif within the mihrab is a stylised tree - a symbol to these people reflecting the 3-level universe - where the roots are in the under-world, the trunk is in the earthly-world and the branches are in the world of the spirit. This tree symbol is usually only found on large main carpets of the Timuri - in compartments of 4-6 in the central field - but uncommon on small rugs.
Timuri rugs like this one, in excellent condition, are very rare today, but this small size is much rarer.
Size: 1.10m x 0.69m (3' 7" x 2' 3").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

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BM2

Here we see a good early prayer-rug made by Timuri nomads around 1860. The indigo-blue field contains a stylised 'tree-of-life' and the brocaded skirts at each end are intact - a rare feature these days. The rug is in very good overall condition, albeit having the usual brown-dye corrosion, more obvious in the lower part of the field.
Size: 1.40m x 0.97m (4' 7" x 3' 2").
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Antique Timuri Carpet, Yaqoub-Khani Tribe, Western Afghanistan ...

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BM458

This magnificent carpet was made by the Yaqoub-Khani Timuri tribe at the end of the 19th century - probably around 1900. It recently came out of an old English country home and was well cared for, having originally been in the collection of Dr Jon Thompson. The carpet is in mint condition with minor corrosion to the dark brown colour and a wonderful use of old aubergine colour-dye. Note the many stylised creatures depicted throughout the field.
Size: 3.35m x 1.88m (11' 0" x 6' 3").
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Antique Timuri Tribal Rug, Western Afghanistan

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BM1084

This stunning rug was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the second half of the 19th century. It is in near-mint condition, retains its complete slit-tapestry flat-woven skirts at each end and I have had it superbly washed to bring out the wonderful natural colours. The archaic field design of stylized 'trees of life' is generally found on larger carpets of the tribe - seldom in small rugs like this one. A truly beautiful rug.
Size: 1.83m x 1.09m (6' 0" x 3' 7").
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Antique Timuri Prayer-Rug, West Afghanistan

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BM284

An unusual and beautiful little prayer-rug of the Timuri tribes dating to the last quarter of the 19th century with a pale yellow field and tile pattern. In excellent condition with two small areas of expert restoration.
Size: 1.34 x 0.97m (4' 5" x 3' 2").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Yaqoub Khani Tribe, Western ...

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This stunning prayer-rug belongs to the Yaqoub Khani tribe of the Timuri, and made around 1890-1900. The glowing tan/soft yellow natural camel field comprises a stylised tree design with alternating willow leaves ('nakshe barge bidi' in Persian) and a cruciform motif within a rectangle. Forming part of the inner border pattern is a reciprocal 'birds-heads' symbol in glowing indigo-blue. In mint condition with original brocaded skirts, this is a beautiful example of the type. See 'Carpets in the Baluch Tradition' by Siawosch Azadi, page 177, for another example of Yaqoub Khani Timuri work.
Size: 1.50m x 0.91m (4' 11" x 3' 0")
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Antique Timuri Carpet, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan. ...

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SJ1

The best Timuri carpet I've ever laid my eys upon! I can honestly say that. The carpet is superb in every way - a date of mid 19th century, very good condition but more importantly, a fabulous wealth of vegetable colours ranging from deep indigo-blue, sky blue, turquoise, aubergine, madder-red, corroded dark brown, highlights of ivory and a tiny amount of yellow. The flat-woven skirts are intact although were possibly slightly longer when first made. The four large archaic lozenges on either side of the six 'snowflake' motifs in the central field contain typical Timuri 'trees'. The whole carpet gives a feeling of immense power and is a magnificent testament to the much under-appreciated work of the Timuri.
Size: 2.92m x 2.08m (9' 7" x 6' 10").
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Antique Timuri Prayer-Rug, Adraskand Region, Western Afghanistan ...

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BM702

I love the archaic feeling in this mid-3rd quarter 19th century little prayer-rug. I would stab a guess that the 3 large 'arrow' shapes in the central field are possibly stylised 'trees-of-life'! The rug is of Timuri origin - possibly from the region of Adraskand in western Afghanistan.
Size: 1.27m x 0.87m (4' 2" x 2' 10").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

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BM505

This charming tiny prayer rug was made by the Dokhtar-e-Ghazi sub tribe of the Timuri in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century. The rug is in excellent condition with complete flatwoven skirts at each end and no repairs.
Size: 1.22m x 0.76m (4' 0" x 2' 6").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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BM05

Amongst the various rugs of the Timuri nomads, this prayer-rug is rare in colour and border design. Although the palette of glowing indigo-blue is a large part of the Timuri colour repertoire, the use of yellow in the borders is rare - a colour more associated with the Ersari Turkmen. Strangely enough, the inner border is a design used by the Ersari - even the main border has a Turkmen influence! However, the overall 'tree' pattern in the indigo-blue field is found on the prayer-rugs of the Dokhtar-e-Qazi, a Timuri sub-tribe in western Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the weave is undoubtedly Timuri - a tribe with possibly Ersari Turkmen neighbours. The condition of the rug is very good overall with only some minor wear towards the upper section of the rug, near to the hand-panels.
Size: 1.40m x 0.86m (4' 7" x 2' 10").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

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BM527

This fantastic prayer-rug was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan around 1870-1880. The field design reminds me of the 'Dokhtar-e-Ghazi' group - in this case, beautifully drawn with an exceptional use of vegetable green, yellow and ivory highlights. The use of green is particularly amazing - rarely found in such quantities in Timuri weavings! A truly wonderful piece in excellent condition with original sides and brocaded skirts.
Size: 1.63m x 1.15m (5 '4" x 3' 9").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

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BM600

This gorgeous little Timuri prayer rug has a fabulous glowing indigo-blue field with an overall 'tree-of-life' design. Made around the last quarter of the 19th century, the rug has soft, silky wool and is in mint condition bar a tiny moth hole which I intend to have repaired.
It will be exhibited at the Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair from 6th-16th June 2013
Size: 1.55m x 0.90m (5' 1" x 3' 0").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

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BM811

A deep,saturated indigo-blue field in soft, silky wool and a distinct abrash of colour gives this beautiful little prayer rug a stunning appearance. Made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century, the rug is in excellent condition, complete with the remains of brocaded skirts at each end.
Size: 1.40m x 0.91m (4' 7" x 3' 0").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

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BM837

What a fabulous little rug! Made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century, the rug has a wonderful colour palette of natural-dye wool with highlights of silk which can be seen in the mihrab and in the stylised 'trees' depicted in the hand-panels (see the close-up images). The central field is knotted in natural undyed camel-hair and the overall feel of the woollen pile is soft and velvety. The beautiful brocaded skirts remain at both ends. A wonderful example of Timuri work as well as being unusually small.
Size: 1.30m x 0.82m (4' 3" x 2' 8").
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Antique Timuri Yaqoub-Khani Prayer-Rug, Western Afghanistan

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MAC13

This is a beautiful Timuri prayer-rug made by the Yaqoub-Khani sub-tribe around 1870-1880.
The rug is in excellent condition bar a tiny re-weave in the camel-hair field. Note the beautifully brocadsed skirts at each end. The natural dye red is derived from the cochineal insect and the field is knotted in natural camel-hair.
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

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BM907

This stunning little prayer rug was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century. The rug has a natural camel-hair field and is in mint condition with unique tassels braided into the lower left and right corners - something I've never seen before! The design of 'ashiks' in the camel field is unusual in this type but we see the popular Timuri border highlighted in ivory. A truly great rug. These rugs are regularly mis-labeled 'Baluch'!
Size: 1.40m x 0.89m (4' 7" x 3' 0").
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