Antique Vanity-Bag, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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This charming little vanity-bag ('chanteh' in Persian) was made by Afshar nomads in southern Persia around the last quarter of the 19th century. The face is knotted-pile in rich, indigo-blues with highlights of madder-red, golden yellow and green. The bag is complete with a plain-weave back in madder-red and decorated with gorgeous tassels as a symbol of good luck.
Size: 54cm x 34cm (1' 9" x 1' 1") including tassels.
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Antique Salt-Bag, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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Archaic yet charming! This salt-bag has a naive drawing and to be honest, I've no idea what the Luri weaver was trying to depict? Nevertheless, it is truly tribal with a great appeal, soft, lustrous wool on the face and a plain-weave back in narrow horizontal bands of colour. Made circa 1880-1900.
Size: 58cm x 36cm (1' 11" x 1' 2").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Old Salt-Bag, Baluch Nomads, Western Afghanistan.

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This charming salt-bag (namakdan) was woven in a mix of knotted-pile and flatweave by Baluch nomads in western Afghanistan during the first half 20th century. A very unusual weaving technique, the bag is complete with brocaded top and plain-weave back involving a chevron design.
Size: tbc
£185
| $246 USD | €210 EUR

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

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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 Camel Decoration, Baluch Nomads, Western Afghanistan. ...

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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, 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 Pair of Saddle-Bags, Timuri Tribes, Western ...

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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
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

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

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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
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

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

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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
| $632 USD | €538 EUR

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
| $233 USD | €198 EUR

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

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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
| $366 USD | €312 EUR