Antique Turkmen Engsi, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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BM/FS1

A magnificent Engsi (yurt door rug) made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan around 1830-1850.
The madder-red central panels depict a beautifully drawn 'asik' pattern - (small trees) - with the four divided panels symbolically depicting the 'four gardens of Paradise'. Particularly striking, are the 'elems' - the bottom elem in gorgeous indigo sky-blue and depicting stylised 'trees-of-life'.
This is a rare, important and highly collectable engsi.
Size: 1.63m x 1.24m (5' 4" x 4' 1").
£4,500
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR

Antique Half Saddle-Bag, Kurdish - Jaf Tribes, ...

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BM8

This fabulous half saddle-bag has to be handled to be fully appreciated as the wool is just the best one can hope to see and feel in a nineteenth century weaving. Thick, lustrous, silky pile are just a few of the words to describe the wool and, of course, all the amazing colours are from natural dye-plants. The overall design of concentric 'birds-heads' lozenges is popular with the Jaf - Kurds but the quality of the wool is just fantastic - no other words to describe it!
The plain-weave back with brocaded panels remains virtually intact, apart from a small part missing at the very top. Highly collectible.
Size: 78cm x 95cm (2' 7" x 3' 1").
£1,850
| $2,463 USD | €2,096 EUR

Antique Rifle-Cover, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of East ...

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BM1

Just in, this rare and finely knotted rifle-cover made by Timuri nomads on the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan during the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
Rifle-covers are particularly rare and although the face is complete with hanging tassels, it has lost its flat-woven back. A very collectible trapping.
Size: 82cm x 12cm (2' 8" x 5").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

Antique Camel Decoration, Shahsevan Tribes of Varamin, ...

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BM2

This beautiful camel neck decoration is finely knotted with the depiction of eight '8-pointed stars' - symbols of protection. The fact that there are eight stars means protection is doubled!
This special trapping was made by Shahsevan nomads in the Varamin region of north-west Persia around 1900 with all colours from natural dye-plants and it is complete with long tassels at each end - inserted to keep away flys when on the move.
Size: 84cm x 20cm (2' 9" x 8") excluding tassels.
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Antique Kurdish Storage-Bag Face, Jaf Tribes, Kurdistan. ...

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BM11

This handsome small bag-face was once part of a complete saddle-bag and with constant hard use in unforgiving tribal conditions, the rest of the bag was probably damaged and discarded. This, therefore is all that remains of what must have been a gorgeous pair of bags. The vegetable colours are superb and the wool is soft and lustrous - as good as can be found in the weavings of the Kurdish Jaf tribes. Made during the third quarter of the nineteenth century, the design of concentric 'birds-heads' lozenges is typical of this particular tribe.
Size: 71cm x 50cm (2' 4" x 1' 8").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Azeri Nomads, Azerbaijan.

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BM18

I love the powerful 'birds-heads' lozenge in the centre of this simple but majestic salt-bag - made by Azeri tribes in Azerbaijan around 1900. Salt-bags or 'namakdan' in Persian, were, as the name implies, used for containing rock-salt which was given to the animals during migrations to help in the dehydration process. Often nuts were kept in these bags such as pistachio and almonds.
The face of this bag is in knotted-pile - the back with horizontal bands of different colours - and it is in complete, original condition.
Size: 63cm x 44cm (2' 1" x 1' 5").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Saddle-Bag Face, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of ...

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BM5

Once part of a complete pair of saddle-bags, this is all that remains of what was once stunning utilitarian bags, made by Timuri nomads on the borderlands of east Persia and west Afghanistan circa 1860. Nevertheless, on its own, it is easier to display and at least the beauty is in each of the two piled faces - the other sadly, long departed! The large central octagon, divided into four parts, contains a central '8-pointed star' surrounded by zoomorphic creatures - probably horned deer - symbolically important in shamanism. Around the octagon are '8-pointed stars' - symbols of power and protection. This is the remains of a once-powerful representation of Timuri symbolism - now long gone.
Size: 84cm x 74cm (2' 9" x 2' 5").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

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

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BM16

I guess the main photo I have chosen is the back of this charming storage-bag, but I couldn't resist featuring this side of the bag as it is so visually exciting. The front of the bag is superb in its own right - fine soumak-weave creating horizontal bands of beautiful vegetable colours. Woven by Qashqa'i nomads around the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the bag is in excellent condition.
Size: 70cm x 64cm (2' 4" x 2' 1").
£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR

Antique Shirvan Rug, Shirvan, Eastern Caucasus.

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BM1507

The deep indigo-blue field running to near black at the top is like a night sky and the spontaneity of symbols scattered throughout the field appear lit up like stars glowing in the dark! This very finely-knotted rug was made in the Shirvan area of the eastern Caucasus circa 1900-1910 and with its low-cropped pile, it is in very good condition. A truly unique and beautiful rug.
Size: 1.60m x 1.22m (5' 3" x 4' 0").
£2,750
| $3,662 USD | €3,116 EUR

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Sistan Region, South-Eastern ...

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BM1514

Unusual and utterly charming! Simple trees of life are depicted on a natural camel-hair field and surrounded by a border of '8-pointed stars' - symbols of protection. Made by Baluch nomads in the Sistan region of south-eastern Persia circa 1900-1920, I haven't seen anything quite like this gorgeous little rug before!
Size: 1.07m x 0.54m (3' 6" x 1' 9").
£850
| $1,132 USD | €963 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Tribal Rug, Baharlu Sub-Tribe, ...

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BM/BM1

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").
£3,750
| $4,993 USD | €4,249 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Shekarlu Tribe, Fars ...

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BM/BM2

Just magnificent! This superb early example of Shekarlu - Qashqa'i weaving was made during the third quarter of the nineteenth century and depicts a field of narrow vertical columns incorporating small angular 'botehs'. What is particularly attractive is the powerful main border with its diagonal bands in beautiful natural-dye shades of colour. The long brocaded skirts at both ends of the rug are very attractive and virtually complete. This is a highly collectible rug as well as being extremely decorative - washed and ready for floor use.
Size: 2.09m x 1.50m (6' 10" x 5' 0").
£4,500
| $5,992 USD | €5,099 EUR