Antique Baby Cradle, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, ...

Item Number
BM/RS1

This charming flat-woven cradle with its myriad of tassels symbolically protecting the child, was ,made by Qashqa'i tribes around 1900. Imagine turning the cradle upsides down with the tassels hanging down and tying the long braided warped ends to a wooden frame, this is how it would look in tribal life - very much like how we use a hammock today!
Cradles like this are rare and this one was found in Iran. I've had it professionally washed and minor repair done to one of the corners, but otherwise, it is in excellent condition - bearing in mind the constant use it would have had.
Size: 74cm x 112cm (2' 5" x 3' 8") including tassels.
POA

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

Item Number
BM1288

This charming 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.
£650

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

Item Number
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").
£950

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

Item Number
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

Antique Saddle-Bags, Afshar Nomads, Southern Persia.

Item Number
JH1

These saddle-bags or 'khorjin' in Persian, were made by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province, southern Persia around 1880, and are in very good condition with original plain-weave back. The knotted-pile faces were made with good lustrous wool from the mountain sheep and leather binding has been over-sewn at each end of the bridge resiliance. They have been well-used as can be seen by the back, yet remain attractive and collectable bags of which few complete saddle-bags from this 19th century period have survived.
Size: 1.30m x 0.65m (4' 3" x 2' 2").
£850

Antique Salt-Bag, Azeri Tribes, Azerbaijan.

Item Number
JT3

The madder-red central field of this rare salt-bag, contains 6 'birds-heads' symbols - guardians of the gates of Paradise. The bag, woven in soumak technique by Azeri nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century, is complete with plain-weave back in narrow horizontal bands of natural colours.
Size: tbc
£850

Pair of Antique Afshar Tribal Saddlebags, Kerman ...

Item Number
BM/MJ3

Just in, a magnificent pair of saddlebags made by Afshar nomads in southern Persia during the last quarter of the 19th century. The bags, which were cut in half at some point in the past and used as cushions, are in excellent condition albeit the plain-weave back of one of the bags has a hole - easily repairable.
Size of each bag:- 84cm x 64cm (2' 9" x 2' 1").
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Antique Ceremonial Saddle-Cover, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, ...

Item Number
BM/B

A recent arrival from Iran is this truly superb ceremonial saddle-cover made by Afshar nomads in Kerman province, south Persia, during the first period of the 20th century. The cut-out section is for the cantle, with decorative tassels intended to hang down at the back side of the saddle. The main section, all in lustrous, glossy vegetable-dye wool, depicts a myriad of seated camels on an indigo-blue background. Mint condition!
Size: 91cm x 89cm (3' 0" x 2' 11").
SOLD

Antique Spindle-Bag, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, Southern ...

Item Number
BM/NG

Bags like this were often dowry pieces and used for containing spindles, water-pipes and even tent-pegs. This bag is spectacular, woven by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province circa 1890-1900. It has an incredibly fine soumak weave and is in near-mint condition.
SOLD

Antique Saddlebag Face, Khamseh Confederacy Tribes, South-West ...

Item Number
BM1270

This visually attractive saddlebag face was made by Khamseh Confederacy nomads in Fars Province, south-west Persia during the last quarter of the 19th century. The glowing indigo-blue field contains a myriad of peacocks - male and female - together with just one single quadruped - possibly a dog.
Size: 66cm x 66cm (2' 2" x 2' 2").
SOLD

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

Item Number
BM/YB

Just in from Iran, a rare scissors-bag with a pair of old scissors made by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province, southern Persia circa 1900. Scissor-bags today are rare and the few available on the market, were made by Shahsevan nomads.
This bag is woven in soumak technique and is in excellent condition with original braided hanging cord.
Size: 36cm x 12cm (1' 2" x 5") excluding tassels.
SOLD

Antique Baluch 'Ru-Zini' (saddle-cover), Salar Khani Sub-Tribe, ...

Item Number
BM1

Taken from my private collection and illustrated in my newly published 3rd edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 128, this rare and finely knotted Salar Khani Baluch saddle-cover was made circa 1880-1890. It comprises an overall 'herati' pattern - stylised fish swimming in a water-garden - and has stylised quadrupeds - probably deer or gazelle - depicted throughout. In near-mint condition, the wool quality is superb, as you'd expect from the best of 19th century Baluch work, and as far as I'm aware, few like this exist.
Size: 1.22m x 0.66m (4' 0" x 2' 2").
SOLD

Antique Saddle-Bagface, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
BM/CB

A little the worse for wear but utterly charming, this once face of complete saddle-bags has a glorious indigo-blue field with ivory lozenge in the centre incorporating the Qashqa'i symbolic 'scorpion' design. Within the indigo-blue field can be seen small stylised quadrupeds.
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Antique Khorjin (mini saddle-bags), Afshar Nomads of ...

Item Number
BM/Khorj

This gorgeous pair of mini saddle-bags ('khorjin' in Persian), was made by Afshar nomads in Aqta'e, Kerman Province circa 1900-1920 and depicts roses in each of the bag-faces and roses in the ivory border. The rose originated in Persia before being grown in France and the UK. The use of a pea-green colour in the central field of each bag-face is unusual and I love the 'bridge' with its symbolic flowing water - important of course, in order to keep the roses alive! This khorjin is in near-mint condition with its original madder-red plain-weave back.
Refer to Parviz Tanavoli's newly published book 'Khorjins - Tribal and Rural Weaves from Iran' to see an almost identical example on pages 80-81.
Size: 87cm x 34cm (2' 10" x 1' 1").
SOLD

Malband (animal band), Bakhtiari Nomads, Western Persia. ...

Item Number
MAC8

The 'malband' was the equivalent of a western rope - used for tying the bedding onto the camels and pack animals during long migrations. Bands like this one, which was made by the Bakhtiari nomads, were intricately woven - quite incredible work for such a utilitarian item - but often they were prized possessions.
Size: 8.70m x 7cm (28.5' x 3").
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Antique Vanity-Bag (chanteh), Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, ...

Item Number
MAC45

Vanity-bags - 'chanteh' in Persian - like this one, are now becoming harder to find. Such bags were utilitarian and often made as dowry pieces. Bags of this age, made around 1900, are scarce.
The bag is complete with knotted-pile face, original plain-weave back and long braided tassels.
Size: 30cm x 72cm (1' 0" x 2' 4") including tassels.
SOLD

Antique Vanity-Bag, Baluch Nomads of Sistan, South-East ...

Item Number
JA1

This charming double-sided knotted-pile vanity-bag is complete with original tassels - bound on for good luck. The bag was made by Baluch nomads in the Sistan region of south-eastern Persia around 1890-1900. The bag is in good overall condition bar a small area of re-piling due to moth damage in the past.
Size: 36cm x 38cm (1' 2" x 1' 3").
SOLD

Antique Salt-Bag, Kordi Tribes of Quchan, Khorassan, ...

Item Number
Kordi

Woven by Kordi nomads in the environs of Quchan in Khorassan province, north-east Persia during the early 20th century, this superbly made flat-woven salt-bag (namakdan) is in near mint condition. All the colours are natural and the sides are beautifully brocaded. I like the simplistic ivory plain-weave back with its stylised tree or shrub design.
51cm x 36cm (1' 8" x 1' 2").
SOLD

Antique Pillow-Bag, Baluch Tribes of Firdows, South-East ...

Item Number
MAC24

Beautiful, bright, vegetable colours glow in this charming pillow-bag (balisht in Persian), made by Baluch nomads in the region of Firdows around 1900. The bag would have been stuffed with cotton and used as a pillow or for simply lounging on inside the tent. In excellent condition with full, lustrous pile, the bag retains its original plain-weave back.
Size: 81cm x 50cm (2' 8" x 1' 8").
SOLD

Antique Saddle-Bagface, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
BM/RS2

I love the beautiful vegetable colours in this bagface - once part of a double saddle-bag and made by Qashqa'i tribes in south-western Persia around 1880.
61cm (2') square.
SOLD

Antique Saddle-Bags, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, Southern ...

Item Number
BM1165

These magnificent 'khorjin' (saddle-bags) were made by Afshar tribes in Kerman Province, southern Persia around 1900. The depiction of birds sitting on either side of an urn is generally found in the rugs of the Afshar but very unusual in a pair of saddle-bags. The ivory border is beautifully drawn and other than some minor damage to the corners of each bag, due to wear, these bags are complete and in excellent condition.
Size: 1.35m x 0.76m (4' 5" x 2' 6").
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Antique Shears-Bag, Afshar Tribes, Southern Persia

Item Number
BM868

Bags for containing large shears for shearing the long-haired, fat-tailed sheep, are rare. These large shears bags are much larger than the similar-shaped scissors-bags. This is a superb example of soumack work made by an Afshar weaver during the second half of the 19th century. The design on the front of the bag is more or less repeated on the other side where a small tear can be seen - probably a cut from the shears - which has been secured with weft-webbing. Beautiful natural colours and a very collectable bag.
Size: 58cm x 15cm (1' 11" x 6").
SOLD

Antique Mini Saddlebags, Bakhtiari Nomads, Western Persia. ...

Item Number
Khorj

This charming pair of mini saddlebags ('khorjin' in Persian) was made by Bakhtiari nomads in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia circa 1900. The two faces are in knotted pile and the back is woven in narrow, horizontal, coloured bands of plain-weave. The bags are complete and in excellent condition.
Size: 56cm x 28cm (1' 10" x 11").
SOLD

Antique Mafrash (bedding bag), Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan. ...

Item Number
BM1162

Here we see a rare knotted-pile 'mafrash' (bedding bag) made by Shahsevan nomads in Azerbaijan during the early 20th century. The mafrash is in excellent condition with original plain-weave base.
Size: 1.07m x 0.51m x 0.48m (3' 6" x 1' 8" x 1' 7").
SOLD