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

Item Number
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:
£475

Antique Bag-Face, Kurdish Tribes, Kurdistan.

Item Number
BM/KB

This bag-face was once part of a large saddle-bag and lost its other half at some point in the past! Made during the early 20th century, the side borders are missing and new selvedges added.
Size:
£175

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

Item Number
BM/BSB

Made by Baluch nomads during the early 20th century, this salt-bag (namakdan) is in very good condition, with a knotted-pile face and a plain-weave back.
Size:
£350

Antique Vanity-Bag, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan, North-East Persia. ...

Item Number
BM/BC

This small vanity-bag (chanteh) is complete and in knotted-pile on both faces. Made around the early 20th century, the bag is in excellent condition.
Size: 37cm x 33cm (14" x 13").
£275

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

Item Number
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").
£375

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

Item Number
BM/SC

Just arrived from 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").
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 Kordi Tribal Bag-face, Quchan Region, Khorassan ...

Item Number
BM/JA2

Like the previous bag-face, this beautiful weaving was made by Kordi tribes in the Quchan region of north-east Persia circa 1900. The colours are beautifully vegetable and the soumak weave is fine and superbly executed. As mentioned in the previous description, I'm not convinced such pieces were made as 'balishts' (pillow-bags) as the weave is not condusive to laying one's head on! Therefore, I suspect they were dowry pieces, showing the prowess of the weaver as a desirable wife, and they might have been simply decorative to these nomads. Today, in the western world, they can also be decorative - used to cover a chest or table-top.
Size: 69cm x 36cm (2' 3" x 1' 2").
£350

Antique Bag-face (balisht), Kordi Tribes of Quchan, ...

Item Number
BM/JA1

The 'balisht' was made as a pillow-bag - usually with the softest, most lustrous woollen pile. However, I'm not convinced that these Kordi soumak-weave bag-faces were used for this purpose due to the coarse weave. I have never seen a Kordi 'balisht' like this with a back, which makes me wonder about their original use and not, I suspect, as a pillow-bag. Maybe they were dowry pieces - very finely and intricately woven, and possibly used as some sort of cover? Whatever they were, they are most attractive weavings and ideal for western use in decorating a chest or table-top.
Size: 87cm x 38cm (2' 10" x 1' 3").
£350

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").
POA

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

Item Number
BM/MS

This charming salt-bag (namakdan) has a knotted-pile face and a plain-weave back in horizontal bands of coloured wool and white cotton.
Size:
SOLD

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.
SOLD

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").
SOLD