Antique Soumak Carpet, Kuba Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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Carpets woven in the soumak technique don't come much better than this one!
Acquired from a private English house where it had been hanging on a wall for over 60 years, the overall condition is excellent. Woven in the Kuba region of the eastern Caucasus during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, this is an unusually large size as most soumaks made in this area were a good bit smaller. You have to look closely at the overall symbolic representation and particularly interesting is the upper-most blue lozenge with its depiction of two men standing above what might presumably be horses! Note also, horses depicted in the outer field as well as other stylised creatures and birds scattered throughout.
This is an amazing and highly collectible carpet which would provide a fantastic floor covering.
Size: 3.67m x 2.65m (12' 0" x 8' 8").
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Antique Armenian Rug, Armenia.

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Dated 1918 in the solar calendar, 1337 in the Islamic calendar, this beautiful rug with its glorious shades of indigo-blue, is bold and exciting in every way. Look closely and you can pick out stylised creatures depicted in various parts of the rug. With all natural colours, this stunning rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.64m 1.70m (8' 8" x 5' 7").
| $6,404 USD | €5,541 EUR

Antique Kilim, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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The deep indigo-blue ground of this stunning kilim contains a myriad of diamond-shape lozenges and in a few places, stylised creatures - deer or gazelle - are depicted.
Woven by Shahsevan tribes around 1900, the kilim is in excellent overall condition with no repairs whatsoever. A very attractive floor covering.
Size: 2.87m x 1.73m (9' 5" x 5' 8").
| $5,056 USD | €4,375 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Rug, South-West Persia.

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This is a most unusual and rare little rug of the Khamseh Confederacy, with its indigo-blue ground containing 8 compartmentalised 'guls' (tribal crests). What is particularly attractive, is the ivory main border with an early cartouche design.
This is a beautiful little rug which was probably made around 1880 in excellent condition.
Size: 1.45m x 1.07m (4' 9" x 3' 6").
| $3,708 USD | €3,208 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shesh Boluki Sub-Tribe, Fars ...

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I love natural indigo-blue ground rugs, particularly where the wool used is exceptional and the blue glows like oil floating on water. This rug has to be seen to fully appreciate the gorgeous shades of blue, covered by a myriad of stylised flowers or shrubs.
I also love the main border - a powerful rendition of stylised trees on a natural un-dyed ivory background framing the field.
This rug, which I suspect was made by the Shesh-Boluki sub-tribe within the Qashqa'i confederacy, was made circa 1900 and is in very good overall condition with no repairs.
Size: 2.06m x 1.22m (6' 9" x 4' 0").
| $3,168 USD | €2,742 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Afshar Nomads of Sirjan, Kerman ...

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This very handsome namakdan (salt-bag) made in weft-substitution technique, was made by Afshar nomads in the Sirjan region, Kerman Province, southern Persia circa 1900.
The bag is in excellent condition, complete with braided tassels on either side of the neck and madder-red plain-weave back.
Size: 52cm x 54cm (1' 9" x 1' 8").
| $1,281 USD | €1,108 EUR

Antique Kilim, Kurds of Bijar, North-West Persia. ...

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This beautiful and remarkable kilim was woven by settled Kurds in the Bijar area of Persian Kurdistan circa 1900. The beautiful indigo-blue ground contains a myriad of roses and in the centre, the depiction of a rose bursting into life with the warmth of the sun - the most powerful symbol in nomadic life. The natural colours are truly superb - different shades of blue, green, red and golden-yellow.
Size: 2.35 x 1.35m (7' 9" x 4' 5").
| $2,359 USD | €2,042 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Zaggar Mengal Tribe, Nushki, Chagai, ...

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Recently acquired in Baluchistan, this finely woven namakdan (salt-bag), was made by the Zaggar Mengal tribe in the Nushki area of Chagai Province in Baluchistan during the early 20th century.
Salt-bags, as the name implies, were used for containing rock-salt which was given to the pack animals during long, hot migrations to help in the dehydration process.
This handsome bag, woven in weft-faced plain-weave with pattern wefts floating on the reverse, is in excellent condition, complete with the remains of the tassels, which were attached for good luck.
Size: 55cm x 36cm (1' 10" x 1' 6").
| $1,146 USD | €992 EUR

Antique Vanity-Bag, Bakhtiari Nomads of Kiasy, The ...

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This chunky, yet charming little vanity-bag - 'chanteh' in Persian - has a thick, lustrous woollen knotted-pile face incorporating a type of 'cross' in the centre with ivory highlights in cotton.
The back is in narrow horizontal bands of plain-weave, beautifully edged in yellow and red brocade. There is something very tactile when handling this chanteh, particularly feeling the beautiful vegetable colours and glossy wool.
Made by Bakhtiari nomads in the Kiasy region of the Chahar Mahal in western Persia circa 1900, the bag is in excellent, complete condition.
Size: 25cm x 28cm (10" x 11").
| $1,146 USD | €992 EUR

Antique Pair of Turkmen 'Dizlyks', Yomut Tribe, ...

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'Dizlyks', were made specifically to wrap round the knobbly knees of the wedding camel during the wedding procession. They were a smaller version of the 'asmalyk', large pentagonal wedding trappings that symbolised power and fertility. The dizlyks undoubtedly had the same symbolic meaning - lots of children, boys to protect the family unit and girls to make lots of rugs and carpets!
These dizlyks are both in exellent condition with original tassels and made by Yomut Turkmen in the trans-Caspian Steppes circa 1900.
The price below is for the pair.
Size of each dizlyk: 38cm x 36cm (1' 3" x 1' 2") including tassels.
| $1,685 USD | €1,458 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri - Dokhtar-e-Qazi Sub-Tribe, Borderlands ...

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The blue-ground prayer-rugs of the Timuri tribes are scarce in every sense of the word and this one, made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, is complete with no repairs and with unusually complete flat-woven skirts. The field design incorporates the 'shrub' pattern, used more often in the nineteenth century by the Dokhtar-e-Qazi sub-tribe. The dark brown colour, which is fairly heavily corroded, would have been dyed with pistachio bark or oak galls and mordanted in an iron solution - usually iron slag or camel urine - thus causing the heavy corrosion over 100 years plus! The hand-panels contain beautifully-drawn 'trees-of-life'.
The best place for this small rug today in order to preserve its completeness, would be to hang it on the wall with a low-voltage spot to light up the deep indigo-blue background.
Size: 1.50m x 1.12m (4' 11" x 3' 8").
| $2,359 USD | €2,042 EUR

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Region, North-East ...

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The indigo-blue ground of this Baluch tribal rug contains two vertical rows of stylised cockerels - a tribal symbol of the Baluch where 'baloc' means cockerel in Persian. Baluch rugs incorporating the stylised cockerel are highly collectible. This Baluch rug was made within the Khorassan Province of north-eastern Persia around 1880 and is in excellent overall condition.
Size: 1.65m x 1.04m (5' 5" x 3' 5").