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 (namakdan), Zaggar Mangal Nomads of ...

Item Number
MAC1

This fabulous and unique salt-bag - 'namakdan' in Persian - was made by Zaggar Mangal nomads in the environs of south-eastern Persia bordering Baluchistan. Tightly woven on the front in weft-float brocade, the back is in simple plainweave. The sides are over-bound in goat-hair with a long goat-hair handle at the top for transportation. I love the intricate detail on the sides and base of the bag, particularly the brocade, coloured beads and white buttons - all symbolising good luck and protection. This bag must have been highly-prized bearing in mind the superb weaving - a woman who has skilfully put all her love and attention to detail into a bag for containing rock-salt and probably made for her husband or future husband - part of her dowry!
Size: 71cm x 41cm (2' 4" x 1' 4").
£950

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").
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Antique Vanity-Bag (chanteh), Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, ...

Item Number
MAC45

Vanity-bags - 'chanteh' in Persian - like this one, are now becoming harder to find. Such bags were utilitarian and often made as dowry pieces. Bags of this age, made around 1900, are scarce.
The bag is complete with knotted-pile face, original plain-weave back and long braided tassels.
Size: 30cm x 72cm (1' 0" x 2' 4") including tassels.
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Baluch Nomads of Sistan, South-East ...

Item Number
JA1

This charming double-sided knotted-pile vanity-bag is complete with original tassels - bound on for good luck. The bag was made by Baluch nomads in the Sistan region of south-eastern Persia around 1890-1900. The bag is in good overall condition bar a small area of re-piling due to moth damage in the past.
Size: 36cm x 38cm (1' 2" x 1' 3").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Kordi Tribes of Quchan, Khorassan, ...

Item Number
Kordi

Woven by Kordi nomads in the environs of Quchan in Khorassan province, north-east Persia during the early 20th century, this superbly made flat-woven salt-bag (namakdan) is in near mint condition. All the colours are natural and the sides are beautifully brocaded. I like the simplistic ivory plain-weave back with its stylised tree or shrub design.
51cm x 36cm (1' 8" x 1' 2").
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Antique Pillow-Bag, Baluch Tribes of Firdows, South-East ...

Item Number
MAC24

Beautiful, bright, vegetable colours glow in this charming pillow-bag (balisht in Persian), made by Baluch nomads in the region of Firdows around 1900. The bag would have been stuffed with cotton and used as a pillow or for simply lounging on inside the tent. In excellent condition with full, lustrous pile, the bag retains its original plain-weave back.
Size: 81cm x 50cm (2' 8" x 1' 8").
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Antique Saddle-Bags, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, Southern ...

Item Number
BM1165

These magnificent 'khorjin' (saddle-bags) were made by Afshar tribes in Kerman Province, southern Persia around 1900. The depiction of birds sitting on either side of an urn is generally found in the rugs of the Afshar but very unusual in a pair of saddle-bags. The ivory border is beautifully drawn and other than some minor damage to the corners of each bag, due to wear, these bags are complete and in excellent condition.
Size: 1.35m x 0.76m (4' 5" x 2' 6").
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Antique Mini Saddlebags, Bakhtiari Nomads, Western Persia. ...

Item Number
Khorj

This charming pair of mini saddlebags ('khorjin' in Persian) was made by Bakhtiari nomads in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia circa 1900. The two faces are in knotted pile and the back is woven in narrow, horizontal, coloured bands of plain-weave. The bags are complete and in excellent condition.
Size: 56cm x 28cm (1' 10" x 11").
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Antique Mafrash (bedding bag), Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan. ...

Item Number
BM1162

Here we see a rare knotted-pile 'mafrash' (bedding bag) made by Shahsevan nomads in Azerbaijan during the early 20th century. The mafrash is in excellent condition with original plain-weave base.
Size: 1.07m x 0.51m x 0.48m (3' 6" x 1' 8" x 1' 7").
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Antique Scissors-Bag, Timuri - Sangtschuli Nomads, Western ...

Item Number
BM1146

Scissor-bags are rare. The majority found were made by Shahsevan tribes. Timuri and Baluch scissor-bags are even more scarce! This one was made by Timuri nomads, quite possibly the Sangtschuli sub-tribe, not later than the 1920s. It is in mint condition and the sides are over-bound in goat-hair.
Size: 45cm x 9cm (1' 6" x 3.5").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Mushwanni Tribe, Western Afghanistan.

Item Number
MAC25

Salt-bags which are piled on both faces are rare. This fine salt-bag, made by Mushwanni nomads in western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century, is in excellent condition, piled on both sides and with original tassels.
Size: tba
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Antique Bag-Face, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan, Azerbaijan.

Item Number
BM894

Finely woven in sumakh technique, this bagface was made by Shahsevan tribes in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan during the 1st half 19th century. Originally one half of a double saddle-bag, this beautiful face-panel is all that now remains.
Size: 53cm x 53cm (1' 9" x 1' 9").
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Antique Half Saddlebag Face, Timuri Tribes, Western ...

Item Number
BM1132

Beautiful vegetable colours abound in this half saddlebag face - once part of a large double bag. The indigo-blue inner field glows with fine, lustrous wool and the ivory outer border with its depiction of stylised plants, frames the field powerfully. Within the central madder-red square, zoomorphic horned creatures are depicted and the four ivory '8-pointed stars' in the blue field link up with the single ivory '8-pointed star' in the centre of the bag, symbolising the magic number '5' - protection. The brown colour in the central red square has corroded due to the wool having been mordanted over 100 years ago and thus corroding or eating away at the wool. This is a superb example of mid 19th century Timuri weaving.
Size: 83cm x 66cm (2' 9" x 2' 2").
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Antique Half Saddle-Bag, Kordi Nomads, Quchan Region, ...

Item Number
BM1034

Here we see the remaining half of what was once a complete double bag or saddle-bags. Extremely finely woven in soumak technique, the weaver was at the top of her profession in order to create something of this amazing quality.
Size: 33cm x 30cm (13" x 12").
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Rare Antique Salt-Bag (namakdan), Afshar Nomads, Kerman ...

Item Number
MAC38

This fabulous salt-bag is one of the earliest of Afshar work. Woven on the face in intricate weft-float brocade, the colour palette is subtle and beautiful. Shades of blue, red, green and yellow dominate the field. The back is woven in simple madder-red plain-weave with one narrow band of weft-float brocade running horizontally.
This is a very important salt-bag as well as being highly collectable.
Size: 46cm x 56cm (1' 6" x 1' 10").
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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A very charming little vanity-bag (chanteh) made by Qashqa'i - Darrehshuri nomads during the 19th century. The plain-weave design reminds me of tartan with the tiny knots inserted for good luck. There are a few old repairs on the back - done in the field by the nomads themselves.
Size: 28cm x 30cm (11" x 12").
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Khamseh Confederacy Tribes, South-West Persia. ...

Item Number
MAC39

Beautiful, glowing madder-red dominates the field of this lovely little 'chanteh' or vanity-bag, made by the tribes of the Khamseh Confederacy at the end of the 19th century. Surrounding the green central cross pattern are 4 well-fed chickens - rare to find on small bags. The bag is complete with plain-weave back in narrow horizontal bands of colour and it is in near-mint condition.
Size: 28cm x 23cm 11" x 9".
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Antique Spindle/Water-Pipe Bag, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, ...

Item Number
BM1150

This charming soumak-woven bag was made by Afshar nomads in southern Persia and incorporates a 'tree-of-life' rising upwards in the indigo-blue field. The bag, which might have been used for containing spindles, water-pipes even tent-pegs, is complete and in excellent condition with the same design used on the reverse side as can be seen in the photographs.
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Antique Salt-Bag, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, Southern ...

Item Number
BM/AF

The natural colours on the face of this stunning salt-bag ('namakdan' in Persian) are simply beautiful. The wool, too, is soft and lustrous. Note the upside-down birds depicted in the neck of the bag - done on purpose so that when the neck is folded over to prevent the rock-salt from spilling out, the birds would be seen the correct way up! The back is woven in natural undyed goat-hair and I love the sporadic symbols inserted by the weaver for a reason only known to her.
Size: 69cm x 53cm (2' 3" x 1' 9").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Baluch Tribes of Sistan, South-East ...

Item Number
MAC46

This salt-bag - 'namakdan' in Persian - is very finely brocaded on both front and back, and decorated with long braided goat-hair tassels, symbolically representing good luck and protection. Woven by Baluch nomads in the border area of south-eastern Persia and Baluchistan, it was made around 1900-1910.
Size: 28cm x 78cm (11" x 2' 7") including tassels.
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Antique Baluch Salt-Bag (namakdan), Zaggar Mengal Tribes, ...

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Intricately woven in weft-faced plain-weave with pattern wefts floating on the reverse, this bag is typical of the work done by the Zaggar Mengal nomads in Baluchistan. The goat-hair braiding with tassels attached, symbolically represent good luck. Woven circa 1900, bags of this age from this tribal group are now very scarce.
Size: 45cm x 31cm (18" x 12") excluding tassels.
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Antique Balisht (pillow bag), Timuri Tribes, Western ...

Item Number
BM1205

Rare and beautiful - an incredibly fine work of nomadic weaving incorporating lustrous wool with silk highlights and incredible brocade! I guess this special pillow-bag (balisht) was made for a tribal chief and given to the very best weaver in the tribe to make for him. Regularly and wrongly assigned to 'Baluch' tribes, I'm convinced this was Timuri work from western Afghanistan and made circa 1880.
Size: 1.09m x 0.51m (3' 7" x 1' 8").
SOLD