Antique Salt Bag, Darrehshuri Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars ...

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Woven in the 'shisha derma' technique, this magnificent salt bag (namakdan) was made by the Darreshuri taifeh of the Qashqa'i Confederacy in the 19th century. The attached photos show the front and back of the bag including close-up images.
Salt bags were utilitarian containers for rock-salt and nuts and were in everyday use amongst the nomads in the nineteenth century. Bags of this age are now very scarce and very few exist among the tribes in Iran. This one has just come out of Iran and is in very good condition with the remains of its original hanging cords, each cord over-bound in red, yellow and blue wool.
Size: 40cm x 30cm (1' 4" x 1' 0").
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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, Borderlands of ...

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SJ8

This is an amazing salt bag! In mint condition, all vegetable colours with highlights of silk throughout, it was made by Timuri tribes in the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan around the early part of the 20th century. I would guess that this bag was made for a very important member of the tribe such as the chief, possibly a dowry weaving and stored in a bokcha (chest) and possibly never used. The tassels are intact and symbolise good luck to the owner of the bag. An incredible fine knotted pile on both faces and very special.
Size: 91cm x 50cm (3' 0" x 1' 8") including tassels.
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Antique Salt Bag, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan ...

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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 Vanity-Bag (chanteh), Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, ...

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BM/NR

Just found, this beautiful small 'chanteh' (vanity-bag) of the Qashqa'i nomads, made circa 1890-1900 in Fars Province, south-west Persia. The bag is in excellent condition, complete with plain-weave back, all vegetable colours and good soft, lustrous woollen pile consisting of '8-pointed' stars disappearing under the borders and out into infinity.
Size: 30cm x 28cm (12" x 11").
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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 Half Saddle-Bag, Baluch Tribes, North-East Persia. ...

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A charming and relatively rare half saddle-bag with an indigo-blue field of cockerels - symbolically the harbinger of the day and dispeller of the night. The bag is in fairly good condition although it has seen wear during quite possibly, a hard life! The back is missing but otherwise complete all round with lappits at the very top. Bags made by the Baluch with cockerels in the field are considered quite rare and collectable. This bag is by no means 'best of type' but charming nevertheless, and this is reflected in the price.
Size: 71cm x 69cm (2' 4" x 2' 3").
£750

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

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BMac5

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").
£850

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

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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.
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£475

Antique Bag-Face, Kurdish Tribes, Kurdistan.

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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. ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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

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

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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. ...

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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, ...

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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

Antique Kordi Tribal Bag-face, Quchan Region, Khorassan ...

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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 Saddle-Bags, Afshar Nomads, Southern Persia.

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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.

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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 ...

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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 Saddle-Bag Face, Timuri Nomads, Western Afghanistan. ...

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SJ7

Here we see a beautiful example of the highly collectable 'cockerel' bags - once part of a double saddle-bag but what remains is one face minus outer borders. Made by Timuri nomads in western Afghanistan circa 1870, the stylised cockerels symbolise the harbinger of the day and the dispeller of the night. A very collectable little bag face.
Size: 54cm x 59cm (1' 9" x 1' 11").
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Antique Bag-Face, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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SJ4

This very interesting half saddle-bag face is unusual in its field elements where it appears that possibly a young weaver started knotting a 'bird-like' motif (see lower area where she started) and appeared to get a bit confused with the drawing of this motif until later on, half-way up the bag, she then produces a more accurate symbol. The field is full of '5' symbols or 'quincunx' - symbolising protection to the contents of the bag. The two quincunx, two up from the bottom, are highlighted in yellow as opposed to ivory. Wonderful deep shades abound in the field of aubergine, madder-red, turquoise and indigo. The bag-face which was made by Baluch nomads in the province of Khorassan, possibly mid 19th century, is in good overall condition bar two small, old re-weaves.
Size: 70cm x 70cm (2' 4" x 2' 4").
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