Antique Kurdish Long Rug, Jaf Tribes, Kurdistan. ...

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BM1502

This handsome long rug, in full, lustrous pile, was made by Jaf-Kurds in Kurdistan around 1900.
The overall 'birds-heads' lozenges throughout the field is typical of the Jaf tribe and the wonderful array of natural colours is sublime.
Size: 2.74m x 1.22m (9' x 4') approx.
£1,750
| $2,330 USD | €1,983 EUR

Antique Malayer Rug, Village of Mishen, North-West ...

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BM/MM

The only word to describe this rug is ...... magnificent!
Made in the village of Mishen in the Malayer region of north-west Persia during the second half of the 19th century, the fineness of knotting and detail is just incredible.
Mishen was noted for probably the best and finest rugs made in this area in the 19th century and those rugs were generally referred to, not just as 'Malayer' but as 'Mishen Malayer'.
This rug is in very good overall condition with a tight low-cropped pile and the range of natural colours is superb.
Size: tbc
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Antique Turkmen Engsi, Ersary Tribes, Middle Amu ...

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BM/Engsi

Just in, this incredibly handsome engsi (yurt-door rug) made by Ersary Turkmen in the Middle Amu Darya region around 1870-1880. Particularly rare to find in these 19th century engsis, are the plain-weave skirts at top and bottom and an extremely attractive elem (lower knotted-pile panel) - quite possibly a stylised tree design. The colours are beautiful with a wonderful use of sky-blue throughout. The engsi was the door-hanging at the entrance to the Turkmen yurt and symbolically represented the gateway to Paradise with the elem representing the sky-door and the pre-Islamic cross creating the four symbolic gardens of Paradise.
This fabulous engsi is in very good overall condition and a very collectable rug.
Size: 2.04m x 1.52m (6' 8" x 5' 0").
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Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM/Q

This is one of the very best Qashqa'i tribal rugs I've had for a while. The natural colours are just magnificent - particularly the amazing amount of sky-blue - not often seen in such quantities on Qashqa'i weavings. Made around 1880 in Fars Province, south-west Persia, the rug is in excellent condition with full pile. Look closely and you will see stylised turkeys, peacocks and birds.
This is a fantastic example of the very best of Qashqa'i tribal work.
Size: 1.88m x 1.17m (6' 2" x 3' 10").
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Old Tibetan 'dragon' Rug, Tibet.

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BM/Tibet

I couldn't resist buying this charming small Tibetan 'dragon' rug, made in the early 20th century.
The rug, which is in mint condition, contains two beautifully-drawn dragons on a natural undyed woollen background.
Size: 87cm x 64cm (2' 10" x 2' 1").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique Baluch Rug, Ferdows Region, South-East Persia. ...

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BM1480

This small Baluch rug was made in the Ferdows region of south-east Persia around 1880.
The natural camel-hair field blends beautifully with the 'kochak' symbols scattered in diagonal rows and disappearing under the borders and into infinity. Equally attractive is the typical Ferdows Baluch main border with its wonderful array of natural colours. In very good condition, this is a truly lovely rug from the Ferdows area.
Size: 1.30m x 0.79m (4' 3" x 2' 7").
£1,750
| $2,330 USD | €1,983 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Bakhtiari Nomads, The Chahar Mahal ...

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M4

Just in, this fabulous salt-bag ('namakdan' in Persian) was woven by Bakhtiari nomads in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia circa 1900.
The bag is intricately woven in soumak technique on the front and in plain-weave on the back but, incorporating an ivory panel of stylised birds - amazing! The base of the bag is in knotted-pile to give resilience during hard use and the weaver has sewn-in at the top of the bag, a piece of circular red-felt containing 7 white buttons around one blue button - symbolically representing protection and good luck.
This bag goes to prove the incredible weaving done by these nomadic women, just for something utilitarian to contain rock-salt! Bags like this were probably dowry pieces and were highly prized among the nomads to the point that they were never intended to sell.
Size: 64cm x 46cm (2' 1" x 1' 6").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Baluch Nomads, Western Afghanistan.

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BM/Namakdan

Just arrived from Iran, this visually attractive salt-bag (namakdan) was woven by Baluch nomads on the border of western Afghanistan and eastern Persia circa 1900. Once used for containing rock-salt, the bag is in very good complete condition with only some minor staining on the plain-weave back. I love the simplicity of the zig-zag design - possibly symbolically representing flowing water.
Size: 54cm x 36cm (1' 9" x 1' 2").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique kilim, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM/K2

A striking kilim woven by Qashqa'i nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century.
These kilims were specifically woven for compartmentalising the black-tent, providing privacy for men, women, children and guests. Another use was to cover the bedding stacked around the circumference of the tent during sedentary periods. Today, these kilims provide a highly decorative and minimalistic look on wooden floors.
Size: 2.54 x 1.43m (8' 4" x 4' 8").
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

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

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BM1497

This new arrival is just a beautiful little vanity-bag (chanteh) in excellent condition.
The different shades of glowing indigo-blue knotted-pile on the face is simply stunning but not only that, the weaver has incorporated a fabulous back in plain-weave with two horizontal bands woven in un-dyed wool. The centre lozenge on the blue piled face depicts the symbolic double-headed sunbird - guardians of the gates of Paradise.
This is a really lovely collectible vanity-bag.
Size: 26cm x 29cm (10" x 11").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

Antique Spindle-Bag, Bakhtiari Nomads, The Chahar Mahal, ...

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BM1496

Just arrived, this handsome bag which might have contained wooden spindles, water pipes or even tent-pegs, was woven by Bakhtiari nomads in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Each face is equally superb having a depiction of fat birds - typical of Bakhtiari design. I haven't seen a spindle-bag like this before and I would stab a guess that it is a fairly rare weaving in today's market-place!
Size: 46cm x 33cm (1' 6" x 1' 1").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM/JS1

Dated 1334 in the Islamic calendar (1916 in the solar calendar), this magnificent rug was probably made by a sub-tribe of the Qashqa'i Confederacy - possibly the Bolvardi or even a Luri tribe? It is in excellent pile all over and is complete with its additional skirts at each end. The indigo-blue field contains three large 'birds-heads' lozenges incorporating the 'scorpion' symbol within and the field is scattered with various symbols and plants. What is particularly attractive, is the stunning use of green in the central lozenge. This is a most attractive early 20th century piece with natural colours - probably the last vestiges of true nomadic art.
PS: For US buyers, please note that this rug is easily available without any embargo issues.
Size: 2.24m x 1.23m (7' 4" x 4' 0").
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