Antique Turkmen 12-Gul Torba, Teke Tribes, Akhal ...

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MAC106

Here we see a rare 12 gul Teke torba - once a small storage bag - in complete condition albeit, a little ragged in places. Nevertheless, this fabulous torba comprises 12 guls or tribal crests, rather than the more common 6 gul torbas - even those are relatively rare these days. The wool is soft and lustrous with highlights of cochineal-dye silk in the centre of the guls, and the weave is very fine, indicating it was made by a very competent Teke weaver, probably in the Akhal Oasis circa 1850. A truly wonderful work of woven nomadic art!
Size: 1.22m x 0.40m (4' 0" x 1' 4").
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Antique Turkmen Carpet, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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MAC105

Recently acquired from an old English country house where it had been in the family for many years, this lovely Teke Turkmen carpet has a soft colour palette of madder-red, making it a very easy colour to decorate a room with. The skirts 'elems' at each end are attractively different and overall, the carpet is in excellent condition albeit with a few small areas of restoration. The carpet, like all my stock, has been washed and floor-ready.
Size: 2.90m x 2.31m (9' 6" x 7' 7").
£3,750
| $4,993 USD | €4,249 EUR

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

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BM/JR

Dating to circa 1900, this beautiful Teke Turkmen carpet has a soft colour palette and a square size. Overall, it is in very good pile except for a small area of wear, and this is reflected in the price. Very decorative.
size: 2.31m x 2.31m (7' 7" x 7' 7").
£3,750
| $4,993 USD | €4,249 EUR

Antique Afshar Tribal Carpet, Kerman Province, South ...

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BM1302

This elegant carpet was made by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province, southern Persia, circa 1870-1880. The carpet is in very good overall condition and comprises a 'boteh' design on a madder-red ground - the boteh or flame symbol, originally believed to have originated in Kerman amongst the Zoroastrians. The carpet retains its plain-weave kilim skirts at both ends and I like the depiction of the three small quadrupeds in the lower left side of the red field.
Size: 2.60m x 1.45m (8' 6" x 4' 10").
£3,500
| $4,660 USD | €3,966 EUR

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

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MAC104

A magnificent small 'tubreh' - a bag for containing spindles, tent-pegs and other small items - made by Qashqa'i nomads circa 1900. The face of the bag is in beautiful soumak weave and the back in plain-weave. Around the sides and base has been sewn a band of goat-hair to keep the bag secure and small tufts of coloured wool tied in to add decoration and provide good luck.
A rare and beautiful example of Qashqa'i weaving.
Size: 43cm x 33cm (1' 5" x 1' 1").
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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MAC103

This charming tiny vanity-bag ('chanteh' in Persian) has a knotted-pile face with horizontal bands of 'S' symbols which represent stylised dragons - protecting the contents! The back is in plain-weave and the original tassels represent good luck.
Size: 20cm x 18cm (8" x 7").
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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MAC102

Here we see a very early example of a Qashqa'i vanity-bag ('chanteh' in Persian), probably dating to the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The use of vegetable green is amazing! A rare colour and only found in the early weavings of this tribe. The large central lozenge on a stunning indigo-blue background represents the double-headed sun-bird or sun-dog - symbolically, the guardian of the gates of Paradise. The bag is complete with plain-weave back. Rare!
Size: 28cm x 30cm (11" x 12").
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Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West Persia. ...

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MAC102

Small and exceptional vanity-bags ('chanteh' in Persian) like this one are now very rare.
This fabulous little bag was made with the sole purpose of containing mirrors, jewellery, coins and fullers-earth and used specifically, as you might have gathered, by women. This bag is woven in plain-weave with the charming little flowers in complementary weft-weave. Complete with original back having a small stain, the bag was made by Qashqa'i nomads at the end of the 19th century.
Size: 30cm x 26cm (12" x 10").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Afshar Nomads of Varamin, North-West ...

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MAC101

This salt-bag ('namakdan' in Persian), ranks amongst the earliest examples of this type and a similar bag is illustrated in Parviz Tanavoli's 'Bread & Salt'. Woven in plain-weave, the bag contains a base in knotted-pile - specifically done for resilience when carrying lumps of rock-salt, nuts and raisins. The bag, which was made by Afshar nomads settled in the Varamin region of north-west Persia, is complete with its original back and dates to the mid 19th century. Rare!
Size: 59cm x 39cm (2' 0" x 1' 3").
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Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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MAC32

I love the horizontal bands of different natural colours in this stunning kilim, woven by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-west Persia during the second half of the 19th century.
Size: 2.82m x 1.40m (9' 3" x 4' 7").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Seichour Corridor Rug, Seichour, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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BM/AK

Wow! Not being at all biased, but this must be one of the best Seichour corridor rugs I've ever seen!
The fabulous green field is not just one shade of green but several striations or abrash. The weaver has quite obviously run out of natural green wool using different shades throughout. The main border is typically Seichour - like a wave design but powerful in its drawing. An incredibly beautiful corridor rug in very good condition from circa 1860-1870.
It is important to view the close-up images for a clearer image of the design and better colour representation.
Size: 2.77m x 0.94m (9' 1" x 3' 1").
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Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Shekarlu Taifeh, Fars ...

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MAC100

This is a truly beautiful example of the best of Shekarlu - Qashqa'i weaving. It is important to look at the detail images to really appreciate the wonderful vegetable colours. Made around 1870, the rug is in very good pile albeit the selvedges have been replaced due to wear. The main ivory border is typical 'Shekarlu' as is the indigo-blue field with its stylised trees and flowers - a true garden of Paradise!
Size: 2.16m x 1.70m (7' 1" x 5' 7").
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