Antique Baluch Prayer-Rug, Sistan Region, South-East Persia. ...

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RPD12

The Baluch tribes of Sistan regularly knotted mosque mihrabs into their prayer-rugs during the 19th century as in this one. I've seen quite a few over my many years of dealing but never one as good as this! It is rare for a start, to see Sistani prayer-rugs with elaborate chevron kilim skirts and this might well indicate an earlier type. The mihrab area with its three domes has highlights of silk shining through, and as silk was very expensive to these nomads, I suspect it was commissioned by a tribal chief or important person within the tribe who could afford small areas of silk. Acquired in the 1950s by recent acquaintances of mine, they told me that the rug was seen by the late, famous US Baluch collector, Colonel Boucher, who said it was the best Sistan Baluch he had ever seen. A very good recommendation! It is in excellent complete condition with no repairs whatsoever and in the two vertical panels on either side of the central 'tree' panel, there is the usual dark-brown corrosive dye - possibly oak galls mordanted with an iron solution in order to fix the dye (see close-up photo). This is a serious collector's rug and an important example of this type.
Size: 1.48m x 0.84m (4' 10" x 2' 9").
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Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM1230

This little wedding rug of the Teke Turkmen tribes was made around 1880.
Wedding rugs were highly-prized possessions and rarely sold by the family. It was made by the young bride for her and her future husband to stand on at the wedding ceremony and take their marriage vows. The high quality of the knotting showed her prowess as a weaver and desirability as a wife! This little rug is in very good overall condition with a few very minor areas of repair, expected in a rug of this age. Note the three vertical rows of Teke guls in the madder-red field and the rare minor guls. The 'elems' or skirts are also interesting, being of a different design each end.
Size: 1.10m x 1.01m (3' 7" x 3' 3").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Mahdad Khani Tribe, ...

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BM/RK1

This Baluch rug was made by the Mahdad Khani tribe around 1880. It contains 2 vertical rows of 5 'Tekke' gols - a link at some point or another with this powerful Turkmen tribe or inter-marriage? The rug is in very good overall condition.
Size: 1.82m x 0.99m (6' 0" x 3' 3").
£1,850
| $2,463 USD | €2,096 EUR

Antique Timuri Tribal Rug, North-East Persian Borderlands ...

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BM1338

I love the mix of glowing indigo-blue and madder-red in this very finely knotted rug of the Timuri tribes that once inhabited the border-lands of north-eastern Persia and western Afghanistan.
The eight rectangles each contain a 'tree-of-life' and sitting on either side of the tree are nesting birds. The rug is in excellent condition and dates to circa 1900.
Size: 1.98m x 1.10m (6' 6" x 3' 7").
£1,750
| $2,330 USD | €1,983 EUR

Antique Luri Rug, Hayat Davoodi Tribes, Luristan, ...

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RPD18

Made in the region of Schull by Hayat Davoodi weavers around 1880-1900, this charming rug incorporates human and animal figures, suggestive of the idiosyncratic zoomorphic stylization from these Luri people. Note in the close-up photos, the depiction of a male and female standing together and in other photos, various human forms, as well as quadrupeds, scattered throughout the field of the rug. The colour palette is indigenous of the Hayat Davoodi people and the rug, with its attractive skirts, is in very good overall condition with an original, short-cropped pile.
Just acquired from a private collection where the rug was found in Iran in the 1950s.
Size: 2.28m x 1.12m (7' 6" x 3' 8").
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Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM/MH1

I love the glowing madder-red in the ground of this beautiful little Turkmen wedding rug, made by a Teke weaver circa 1870-1880. Wedding rugs were made specifically by the bride for her and the groom to stand on at their wedding ceremony and take their marriage vows. The quality of the work that went into the weaving of these rugs was of the highest quality which showed the young bride as an accomplished weaver and would therefore bring wealth to the family. This charming little rug is in excellent overall condition with no repairs other than the selvedges having been re-bound.
Size: 1.20m (4' 0") square.
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Antique Feraghan Mat, Feraghan, North-West Persia.

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MAC111

It's unusual to find a rug with a beautiful, vegetable-dye green field. This charming little mat is quite stunning in its simplicity. Made in the Feraghan region of north-west Persia circa 1900, the mat is in very good overall condition.
Size: 91cm x 68cm (3' 0" x 2' 3").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 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").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Teke Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM/SJ

This is one of the best Teke Turkmen wedding rugs Iíve had the pleasure of owning. Fabulous, glowing madder-red dominates a field of three vertical rows of eight Teke guls - tribal crests. The wool is the best - soft and velvety and in excellent pile throughout. Beautiful Ďelemsí Or skirts in knotted-pile complete each end of the rug. Truly magnificent and ranking amongst the very best of Teke work from the second half 19th century.
Size: tbc
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Antique Qashqa'i - Kashkuli Rug, Fars Province, ...

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BM/04/19

The Kashkuli nomads were the finest weavers within the Qashqa'i Confederacy and this rug, made circa 1880, is a testament to the exceptional quality of these 19th century Kashkuli rugs. The beautiful indigo-blue field contains a myriad of flowers which, to these nomads, represented their woven gardens within their black tents. The main border is finely executed and the saturated natural colours are glowing in the very best way. Just magnificent!
Size: 2.31m x 1.27m (7' 7" x 4' 2").
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Antique Turkmen Engsi, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM/M1

The Turkmen Engsi was made to hang at the entrance of the Turkmen yurt as a door and symbolised the gateway to Paradise. The pre-Islamic cross in the centre created the symbolic 4-gardens of Paradise and the panel at the base, the gateway to Paradise. The pentagonal shape at the top of the cross is referred to as the 'kejebe' and symbolised power and fertility.
This engsi, which is in very good overall condition, was made by Teke tribes around 1870-1880 and incorporates a beautiful, glowing natural madder-red.
Size: 1.40m x 1.30m (4' 7" x 4' 3").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Baluch Tribes of North-Western Afghanistan. ...

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BM/DR

This prayer-rug comes from a rare group of tribes - quite probably Baluch, but with a very strong Ersary Turkmen influence, not only in the colour palette but in the use of goat-hair selvedges.
I have had only four of this type over a period of 40 years and each one had a camel-hair field with a 'tree-of-life' design but more importantly, with the depiction of two Turkmen 'guls' at the base of the tree. The narrow band of brighter red in the lower main border has a synthetic mix to the dye whereas the dyes in the rest of the rug are totally natural. I would therefore date this rug to the end of the 19th century.
Size: 1.48m x 0.77m (4' 10" x 2' 6").
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