Antique Chuval (bedding-bag), Qashqai Nomads, Fars Province, ...

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BM/AH1

Recently acquired from Iran, this rare and beautifully woven bedding-bag (chuval) is in very good condition and is complete with ties, if not slightly worn through use! The bag is complete with original plain-weave back in horizontal bands of different colours. The Qashqa'i weaver who made this bag was a very accomplished weaver as can be seen in the intricacy of the soumak technique used in the front face. Bags of this age (19th century) are rare amongst the nomads today. Display it by filling the bag with a large pillow; tie the loops together and then sit on your favourite rug or carpet and lounge against the chuval whilst reading a good book!!
Size: 1.15m x 0.68m (3' 9" x 2' 3").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Balisht (pillow-bag), Timuri Yaqoub Khani Tribe, ...

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BM/PC11

This beautiful, complete 'balisht' - pillow-bag - is extremely finely knotted with a natural camel-hair field incorporating a stylised 'tree-of-life'. The bag, made circa 1880, is complete with terracotta plain-weave back and is in near mint-condition.
Complete bags like this are rare today with many having lost their backs through wear or simply, unscrupulous dealers cutting the backs off to make small, saleable rugs!
This balisht has been stuffed and is ready for sale either with stuffing or without.
Size: 91cm x 43cm (3' 0" x 1' 5").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Balisht (pillow-bag), Baluch Tribes, Khorassan, North-East ...

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BM/PC12

The 'balisht' or pillow-bag had to be finely knotted using the very best mountain-sheep wool bearing in mind that one's head had to be comfortable when sleeping, or even lounging in the tent. Balishts are often mistaken these days for grain-bags but the difference in quality was enormous! The grain bag, in the main, was very much coarser than the exceptionally finely knotted pillow-bags, as they were intended for hard use. This superb quality balisht, in mint condition, was made by Khorassan Baluch nomads around 1900. Very few balishts remain in complete condition with plain-weave backs these days - most had the backs cut-off by unscrupulous dealers who saw more money in a small rug than in a bag!
Size: 89cm x 39cm (2' 11" x 1' 4").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Mini Saddle-bags 'khorjin', Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars ...

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RUGMAC 49

This pair of mini-saddle-bags - 'khorjin' in Persian - are charming in every way. The weave is intricate warp-float technique and each panel or pouch contains an 'eye' for warding off evil in knotted pile. The bags, which are in mint condition, were made by Qashqa'i Darrehshuri nomads circa 1900 and are illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 184.
Size: 56cm x 35cm (1' 10" x 1' 2").
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

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

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BM/LPN2

Three 'Trees-of-Life' in knotted-pile, dominate the madder-red plain-weave ground of this interesting bag, possibly made for containing spindles or water-pipes. The fact that the trees are in pile gives them a three-dimensional effect which is quite stunning.
Made by Qashqa'i nomads around 1900 in south-western Persia, the bag is complete with plain-weave back in horizontal bands of colour.
Size: 45cm x 39cm (1' 6" x 1' 3").
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Antique Saddle-Bags, Qashqa'i - Darrehshuri Nomads, Fars ...

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RPD10

Intricate brocade work with tufts of woollen knots dominate this rather special 'khorjin' (saddle-bags), made by the Darrehshuri taifeh of the Qashqa'i Confederation circa 1900.
The bags are in excellent condition with original mustard-yellow plain-weave back. All colours are natural, including the orange in the central field - a typical favourite colour often seen in Qashqa'i weavings.
Size: 1.30m x 0.63m (4' 3" x 2' 1")
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Saddle-Bags, Darrehshuri Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

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RPD5

It's the back I love most!
Three horizontal rows of combs on each panel symbolising cleanliness, depicted on the back of this warp-faced pair of saddle-bags - 'khorjin' in Persian. The front, with a multitude of flower-head symbols and extremely finely woven by Darrehshuri Qashqa'i nomads around the beginning of the 20th century.
Size: 92cm x 51cm (3' 0" x 1' 8").
£1,150
| $1,531 USD | €1,303 EUR

Antique Pair of Mini Bags, Bakhtiari Nomads, ...

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LPN9

A truly charming pair of mini saddle-bags made by Bakhtiari nomads around 1900-1910 in the region of the Chahar Mahal in western Persia. Unlike the lage saddle-bags ('khorjin' in Persian), these tiny bags were probably made for containing coins, even jewellery. Little bags like these are rare today and this pair have just come out of a private UK collection.
Size: 38cm x 20cm (1' 3" x 8").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

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").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan, North-east Persia. ...

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LPN6

This chunky 'namakdan (salt-bag) is piled on both sides in glossy, lustrous wool - the very best quality wool sheared from the underbelly of the mountain sheep only once a year.
Baluch salt-bags piled on both sides are rare and this bag has been in a UK private collection for many years. The bag is in excellent condition.
Size: 51cm x 45cm (1' 8" x 1' 6").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

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

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MJ3

A magnificent pair of saddlebags made by Afshar nomads in southern Persia during the last quarter of the 19th century and can be sold individually or as a pair. 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. The price quoted below is for each bag.
Size of each bag:- 84cm x 64cm (2' 9" x 2' 1").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

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

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MJ4

A magnificent pair of saddlebags made by Afshar nomads in southern Persia during the last quarter of the 19th century and can be sold individually or as a pair. 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. The price quoted below is for each bag.
Size of each bag:- 84cm x 64cm (2' 9" x 2' 1").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR