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

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Just arrived, 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").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of ...

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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
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

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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").
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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 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
| $2,330 USD | €1,983 EUR

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
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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.
This rug dates to circa 1860-1870.
Size: 1.53m x 1.12m (5' 0" x 3' 8").
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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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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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