Antique Pair of Afshar Tribal Saddle-Bags, Kerman ...

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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. 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 the pair.
Size of each bag:- 84cm x 64cm (2' 9" x 2' 1").
£1,500
| $1,997 USD | €1,700 EUR

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 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 are in mint condition and were made by Qashqa'i Darrehshuri nomads circa 1900.
Size: tbc
£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 Mini Saddle-Bags, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, ...

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RUGMAC4

This beautiful pair of mini saddle-bags were made by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province, southern Persia circa 1900 and are in near-mint condition. Woven in flat-weave technique with superb, saturated vegetable colours, you need to look at the amazing back just to see how highly the weaver considered these bags to be when she was making them. Bags like this are rare today with very few now existing amongst the nomads themselves.
Size: 67cm x 30cm (2' 2" x 1' 0").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 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").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

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

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RUGMAC6

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 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").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique Mini-Khorjin, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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BM1425

A stunning pair of mini saddle-bags made by Shahsevan nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century. The bags are most attractive and are in excellent condition.
Size: 1.53m x 0.22m (1' 9" x 9").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

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.
£550
| $732 USD | €623 EUR

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

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RUGMAC19

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 Vanity-Bag, Kurdish Sanjabi Nomads, Kurdistan.

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RUGMAC 12

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 recently 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 bag is complete with plain-weave back.
Size: 23cm x 20cm (9" x 8").
£475
| $632 USD | €538 EUR