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

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MAC104

A magnificent small 'tubreh' - a bag for containing spindles, tent-pegs and other small items - made by Qashqa'i nomads circa 1900. The face of the bag is in beautiful soumak weave and the back in plain-weave. Around the sides and base has been sewn a band of goat-hair to keep the bag secure and small tufts of coloured wool tied in to add decoration and provide good luck.
A rare and beautiful example of Qashqa'i weaving.
Size: 43cm x 33cm (1' 5" x 1' 1").
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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MAC103

This charming tiny vanity-bag ('chanteh' in Persian) has a knotted-pile face with horizontal bands of 'S' symbols which represent stylised dragons - protecting the contents! The back is in plain-weave and the original tassels represent good luck.
Size: 20cm x 18cm (8" x 7").
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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MAC102

Here we see a very early example of a Qashqa'i vanity-bag ('chanteh' in Persian), probably dating to the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The use of vegetable green is amazing! A rare colour and only found in the early weavings of this tribe. The large central lozenge on a stunning indigo-blue background represents the double-headed sun-bird or sun-dog - symbolically, the guardian of the gates of Paradise. The bag is complete with plain-weave back. Rare!
Size: 28cm x 30cm (11" x 12").
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Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West Persia. ...

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MAC102

Small and exceptional vanity-bags ('chanteh' in Persian) like this one are now very rare.
This fabulous little bag was made with the sole purpose of containing mirrors, jewellery, coins and fullers-earth and used specifically, as you might have gathered, by women. This bag is woven in plain-weave with the charming little flowers in complementary weft-weave. Complete with original back having a small stain, the bag was made by Qashqa'i nomads at the end of the 19th century.
Size: 30cm x 26cm (12" x 10").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Afshar Nomads of Varamin, North-West ...

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MAC101

This salt-bag ('namakdan' in Persian), ranks amongst the earliest examples of this type and a similar bag is illustrated in Parviz Tanavoli's 'Bread & Salt'. Woven in plain-weave, the bag contains a base in knotted-pile - specifically done for resilience when carrying lumps of rock-salt, nuts and raisins. The bag, which was made by Afshar nomads settled in the Varamin region of north-west Persia, is complete with its original back and dates to the mid 19th century. Rare!
Size: 59cm x 39cm (2' 0" x 1' 3").
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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This charming little vanity-bag ('chanteh' in Persian) was made by Afshar nomads in southern Persia around the last quarter of the 19th century. The face is knotted-pile in rich, indigo-blues with highlights of madder-red, golden yellow and green. The bag is complete with a plain-weave back in madder-red and decorated with gorgeous tassels as a symbol of good luck.
Size: 54cm x 34cm (1' 9" x 1' 1") including tassels.
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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
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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
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Antique Camel Decoration, Baluch Nomads, Western Afghanistan. ...

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SJ1

Camels were decorated during migrations and on special occasions such as weddings, and this beautiful trapping would have been tied around the neck of the camel. Made by either Baluch or Timuri nomads around 1900-1920, this trapping is in excellent condition with original tassels symbolising good luck.
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Antique Salt Bag, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

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SJ6

This old and rare salt bag (namakdan) was made by Timuri nomads in western Afghanistan during the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. The bag has deep saturated natural colours and is in very good condition bar some loss to the top part of the bag on the back. Nevertheless, this is a very collectable salt bag.
Size: 45cm x 34cm (1. 6" x 1. 1").
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Antique Pair of Saddle-Bags, Timuri Tribes, Western ...

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SJ2

Complete 19th century saddle-bags like this one are becoming scarce, as many were cut in half during the early commercial part of the 20th century, to sell as cushions. Therefore it's important that those complete 'khorjin' should be preserved. The Timuri produced probably the most elaborate saddle-bags, particularly as can be seen here in the brocade work that constitutes the bridge. Both knotted-pile bags are in very good condition, as is the plain-weave back. Made in western Afghanistan circa 1880.
Size: 1.28m x 0.56m (4' 2" x 1' 10").
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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
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