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

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BM/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").
£5,000

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

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BM/SJ4

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").
£4,000

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").
£2,400

Antique Timuri Carpet, Borderlands of Eastern Persia/Western ...

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Timuri 1

A stunning small carpet of the Timuri nomads who inhabited the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century. The carpet is in very good overall condition and retains its beautiful chevron plain-weave skirts.
Size: 3.05m x 1.83m (10' x 6').
£1,750

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

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BM1408

This unusual and beautiful little 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. Photographs of Timuri and Baluch tribal rugs don't do them any justice due to their deep, dark, saturated colours and this one is no exception. It has to be seen 'in the wool' to be fully appreciated.
Size: 1.27m x 0.81m (4' 2" x 2' 8").
£1,450

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Salar Khani Nomads, Borderlands ...

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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").
£1,450

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

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BM889

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

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RUGMAC10

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'.

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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan

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BM666

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").
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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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Timuri Namazlik (Prayer-Rug), Western Afghanistan

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BM361

Rugs and carpets made by the Timuri tribes in the 19th century incorporated fabulous glowing indigo-blues and this one is no exception. A wonderful small prayer-rug (namazlik) made around 1870 and in very good condition with its original flatwoven brocaded skirts at each end - a highly desirable feature in the antique rugs and carpets of the Timuri and their near neighbours, the Baluch.
Size: 1.32m x 0.92m (4' 4" x 3' 0").
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Antique Timuri Tribal Rug, North-East Persian Borderlands ...

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RUGMAC3

I love the mix of glowing indigo-blue and madder-red in this very finely knotted rug of the Timuri tribes that once inhabited the border-lands of north-eastern Persia and western Afghanistan.
The eight rectangles each contain a 'tree-of-life' and sitting on either side of the tree are nesting birds. The rug is in excellent condition and dates to circa 1900.
Size: 1.98m x 1.10m (6' 6" x 3' 7").
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