Antique Wedding Camel Decoration, Afshar Nomads, Kerman ...

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B4

This beautifully woven camel decoration was made by Afshar nomads circa 1900-1920.
The quality of the weaving and soft natural dye wool is outstanding and I can only guess it was a dowry band, possibly made by the young bride to decorate her wedding camel.
£950
| $1,324 USD | €1,107 EUR

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

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LCBM13

This charming face of what was once a storage-bag, has a beautiful golden-yellow field comprising stylised 'botehs' - the prototype of the Kashmiri shawl and Paisley patterns.
In very good overall condition bar a few tiny repairs, this bag-face was made at the end of the 19th century by Afshar nomads in southern Persia.
Size: 56cm x 43cm (1' 10" x 1' 5").
£675
| $941 USD | €787 EUR

Antique Turkmen Spindle-Bag, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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LCBM16

Spindle-bags as the name implies, were used to hold wooden spindles for spinning the wool.
This charming bag was made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes of Turkmenistan around 1890-1900. It is in excellent condition with plain-weave ivory back and original tassels decorating the sides and symbolising 'good luck'.
Size: 53cm x 23cm (1' 9" x 9").
£750
| $1,045 USD | €874 EUR

Turkmen Torba, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, Turkmenistan, ...

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B1

Six Teke Turkmen 'guls' (tribal-crests) dominate the beautiful, glowing madder-red ground of this torba (small personal belongings bag), made during the early-mid 19th century. The guls are nicely spaced throughout the field, interspersed with minor guls. Note the one gul lower-centre, highlighted in a light-blue whereas the other five are highlighted in deep indigo-blue. The torba is in excellent condition with no repairs - only some loss of the outer red side borders but secured with new selvedges as in the original colour.
A beautiful and highly collectable torba.
Size: 1.17m x 0.48m (3' 10" x 1' 7").
£3,500
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR

Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM/FS1

This fabulous Teke Turkmen rug is as good as they come!
In mint condition with full, lustrous, glossy wool, the rug was made by Teke tribes circa 1870.
The quality is nothing more than superb and it is rare these days, to find a rug of this age in this amazing condition. It has to be handled to fully appreciate the quality.
Size: 1.68m x 1.12m (5' 6" x 3' 8").
£6,500
| $9,058 USD | €7,575 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag ('namakdan'), Kurdish Nomads, Persian Kurdistan. ...

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BM1583

This must be one of the smallest 'namakdans' (salt-bags) I've had the joy to handle! I suspect it might have been made for a young Kurdish shepherd boy, who might have accompanied his father while attending to the family's flock of sheep. The weaver, possibly the boy's mother, was a very accomplished weaver and this can be seen in the quality of this rare and beautiful little utilitarian bag. She may even have depicted her son in the natural camel-hair field, just above the large lozenge, surrounded by the family's animals as well as symbols for protection. Even the diamond-shaped 'eye' in the centre is knotted-in to ward-off evil spirits! The back of the bag is woven in plain-weave technique and the sides are over-bound in wool in a barber-pole design.
Salt-bags were made to contain lumps of rock-salt, used to give to the animals to help in the dehydration process but various nuts were also stored in these bags, such as pistachio and almonds. Rare.
Size: 30cm x 28cm (12" x 11").
£1,750
| $2,439 USD | €2,039 EUR

Antique Flatweave Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands ...

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BM1613

This rare and incredibly stunning coral-ground dining sofreh was made around 1870 by Timuri nomads on the Persian/Afghan border region. The cross in the centre symbolises protection - a pre-Islamic symbol for breaking down evil into four parts, thus giving protection to the food placed upon the sofreh during meal-times. Although the sofreh was made entirely from wool with goat-hair selvedges, the Timuri weaver has inserted highlights of silk which I suspect was made for an important member of the tribe, possibly the khan or chief. Camel-hair is more often found in the field of sofrehs but in this instance, the use of a natural coral dye is much rarer.
The brocaded skirts are superb in intricate brocaded weave, putting a stunning finishing touch to a highly-prized utilitarian weaving.
Size: 1.50m x 0.84m (4' 11" x 2' 9").
£2,950
| $4,111 USD | €3,438 EUR

Antique Hall Runner, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, ...

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BM/SJ4

This beautiful hall runner was made by settled Kurdish tribes in the Bijar area of Persian Kurdistan circa 1900. It is in full, lustrous woollen pile throughout with a central field of stylised flowers, referred to as 'mina khani' in Persian or nectar blossom design.
For anyone looking for a hard-wearing and stunning hall runner, then this one is certainly worth thinking about!
Size: 5.10m x 0.92m (16' 9" x 3' 0").
£3,500
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR

Flatweave - Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands ...

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B2

This rare and beautiful dining 'sofreh' or flatweave, was woven specifically for placing on the floor of the tent during meal-times, bowls of food, bread and chai were placed upon it and the tribes-people would sit around cross-legged, eat, drink and enjoy conversation. Quite often, such sofrehs were kept for special occasions when guests and tribal dignitaries paid a visit.
This sofreh, made circa 1880 by Timuri nomads on the Persian/Afghan border, has a plain natural camel-hair ground - symbolising humility and the acceptance of precious food. Note the long, intricately brocaded skirts which show the incredible work that went into making these highly prized weavings - never intended for sale and true nomadic woven art.
Size: 1.40m x 0.69m (4' 7" x 2' 3").
£2,500
| $3,484 USD | €2,914 EUR

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Sariq Tribes, Yolatan Oasis, ...

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BM1579

The Chuval in Turkmen vocabulary was the bedding bag for transporting personal belongings on the camels and pack animals. This Chuval has lost its flatwoven back but retains, in excellent condition, its beautiful finely knotted-pile face incorporating 9 Sariq Turkmen guls (crests). Made around 1900, the red field is probably derived from cochineal (insect dye). What a steal at 950!!!
Size: 1.49m x 0.81m (4' 11" x 2' 8").
£850
| $1,185 USD | €991 EUR

Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i - Kashkuli Nomads, Fars ...

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BM1601

This magnificent and rare Gabbeh was made by Qashqa'i - Kashkuli tribes in Fars Province, south-west Persia circa 1870. Today, gabbehs like this are rare, principally because they were specifically made for everyday use in the black tents and subsequently were subjected to hard use. This gabbeh has an evenly-low pile all over but is perfectly suitable for floor use. It is absolutely complete with original sides and beautifully knotted elems (skirts) albeit, it has had some expert re-piling in places using vegetable dyed wool. The brilliant shades of natural-dye colours make this gabbeh a highly desirable and collectible rug.
Size: 2.39m x 1.52m (7' 10" x 5' 0").
£5,500
| $7,665 USD | €6,410 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Rug, Baharlu Tribe, South-West ...

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BM/RM1

This beautifully elegant rug contains four vertical rows of six 'botehs' with smaller 'botehs' inside each - symbols of fertility and always referred to as 'mother & child' botehs. In excellent complete condition, this rug was made by the Baharlu taifeh (sub-tribe) of the Confederation of five tribes, known as the Khamseh Confederacy, based in south-west Persia and made circa 1900. The ivory field is full of double-headed sunbirds and small stylised chickens, all pecking at seeds on the ground. This is a superb example of the type.
Size: 1.90m x 1.30m (6' 3" x 4' 3").
£3,500
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR