Antique Baluch Balisht, Khorassan Province, North-East Persia. ...

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MAC110

A 'balisht' is the Persian word for 'pillow-bag' - stuffed with cotton and used in daily nomadic life to lounge on or to place your head on whilst sleeping. This beautiful balisht, which I acquired today, was made by Baluch nomads in Khorassan, north-east Persia circa 1900 and is in near-mint condition with its original plain-weave back.
Size: 79cm x 46cm (2' 7" x 1' 6").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM/GD

This superb vanity-bag ('chanteh' in Persian) has been in our collection for many years but now it's time for someone else to enjoy it as we have done. Made by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-west Persia at the end of the 19th century, the bag is complete with knotted-pile face incorporating the 'continuous knot' symbolising the eternal cycle of life and a fabulous back, brocaded in soumack technique. Bags like this are now incredibly rare and few of this age exist amongst the Persian nomads today.
Size: 26cm x 23cm (10" x 9").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BM/MS

Archaic yet charming! This salt-bag has a naive drawing and to be honest, I've no idea what the Luri weaver was trying to depict? Nevertheless, it is truly tribal with a great appeal, soft, lustrous wool on the face and a plain-weave back in narrow horizontal bands of colour. Made circa 1880-1900.
Size: 58cm x 36cm (1' 11" x 1' 2").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique Baluch Chanteh (Vanity-Bag), Mahdad Khani Nomads, ...

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BM/TS

Double-sided knotted pile vanity-bags (chanteh) are rare. This one was found in Mashad, north-eastern Iran in 2001 and dates to the early 20th century. It was made, I suspect, by Mahdad Khani Baluch nomads and is in excellent condition.
Size: 36cm x 34cm (1' 2" x 1' 1").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique Kurdish Vanity-Bag (chanteh), Sanjabi Sub-Tribe, Kurdistan. ...

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BM/JC

My love of 19th century vanity-bags ('chanteh' in Persian) has always been a passion since I first set eyes on one back in the 1980s. However many I've handled since then, I have rarely found one made by the Kurds. I have just acquired this gorgeous little chanteh, made by Sanjabi Kurds towards the latter part of the 19th century. The bag is woven in a technique known as extra weft wrapping which gives it a very strong and resilient feel. The back is woven in plain-weave with only some slight staining which I hope to have removed when it is washed.
Size: 23cm x 20cm (9" x 8").
£550
| $732 USD | €623 EUR

Antique Balisht, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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The wool quality in this 'balisht' is soft and lustrous. Of course it had to be, as the 'balisht' was a pillow-bag for resting one's head on at night and for lounging on during the day. Balishts are quite different from grain-bags which were much coarser in weave and wool quality and used for harder work. Many antique balishts found today have had their backs removed by unscrupulous dealers who thought they had a better chance of selling them as small floor rugs! This beautiful example is complete with original plain-weave back, made by Baluch nomads around 1900 with a natural camel-hair field.
Size: 89cm x 43cm (2' 11" x 1' 5").
£550
| $732 USD | €623 EUR

Antique Half Saddle-Bag, Baluch Tribes, North-East Persia. ...

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BM/MT

A charming and relatively rare half saddle-bag with an indigo-blue field of cockerels - symbolically the harbinger of the day and dispeller of the night. The bag is in fairly good condition although it has seen wear during quite possibly, a hard life! The back is missing but otherwise complete all round with lappits at the very top. Bags made by the Baluch with cockerels in the field are considered quite rare and collectable. This bag is by no means 'best of type' but charming nevertheless, and this is reflected in the price.
Size: 71cm x 69cm (2' 4" x 2' 3").
£475
| $632 USD | €538 EUR

Antique Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM1288

This little vanity-bag - 'chanteh' in Persian - was woven by Qashqa'i nomads around the second half of the 19th century. One side is foinely woven in soumack technique - probably the front face - the other face has a combination of soumack work and plain-weave in a zig-zag design - quite possibly the symbolic representation of flowing water - a necessity in the everyday lives of these nomadic peoples.
Size: 20cm (8") square.
£375
| $499 USD | €425 EUR

Antique Ceremonial Silk Band, Lakai-Uzbeks, Uzbekistan.

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BM/MS3

This beautiful silk embroidered band was made by Lakai-Uzbeks for a possible ceremonial purpose and therefore must have been a highly-prized possession.
The weaver was highly skilled to produce such incredibly fine silk embroidery. The back of the band is covered in old Russian cloth. Possibly early 20th century.
Size: 3.05m x 10cm (10' 0" x 4")
£375
| $499 USD | €425 EUR

Antique Rifle-Cover, Baluchi or Kochi Nomads, Afghanistan. ...

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BM/SC1

Acquired recently in Afghanistan, this rare and beautifully embroidered rifle-cover, made by either Baluchi or Kochi nomads. The embroidery is fine and delicate and it contains a multitude of tiny glass mirrors and beadwork. Rifle-covers are rare and very collectable.
Size: 1.12m x 17cm at the butt end (3' 8" x 7").
£375
| $499 USD | €425 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Zaggar Mangal Nomads, South-East Persian ...

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BM/FC2

A finely woven little salt-bag, made circa 1900 by Zaggar Mangal nomads in the south-east borderlands with Baluchistan. The back is the same as the front - beautiful work.
Size:
£350
| $466 USD | €397 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, South ...

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BM/AFSB

A large and attractive salt-bag (namakdan) of the Afshar nomads, made circa 1900.
Size: 69cm x 53cm (2' 3" x 1' 9").
£275
| $366 USD | €312 EUR