Antique Shears-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads of Bijar, North-West ...

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This charming bag, woven in overlay/underlay brocading technique, was made for containing shears or scissors by Shahsevan nomads in the environs of Bijar, around 1900. It is in very good condition - complete with plain-weave back.
Size: 51cm x 13cm (1' 8" x 5").

Antique Turkmen Torba, Arabachi Tribe, Middle Amu ...

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Just arrived, this rare and exceptional torba was made by the Arabachi Turkmen during the first half 19th century.
It is in complete, very good condition with a fine weave, good wool and beautiful, saturated natural colours.
Torbas of the Arabachi are uncommon and this is certainly a collector's item.
Size: 1.10m x 0.51m (3' 7" x 1' 8").

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Rug, Baharlu Tribe, Fars ...

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A charming little rug of the Khamseh Confederacy Baharlu tribe, in very good condition, made around 1900.
Note the stylised birds in the middle madder-red border.
Size: 1.58m x 1.27m (5' 2" x 4' 2").

Contemporary Gabbeh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

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A good example of the 1990s Qashqa'i Gabbeh production using superb quality, lustrous hand-spun wool and vegetable dyes.
In near-mint condition.
Size: tbc

Antique Kurdish Vanity-Bag (chanteh), Sanjabi Sub-Tribe, Kurdistan. ...

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My love of 19th century vanity-bags ('chanteh' in Persian) has always been a passion since I first set eyes on one back in the 1980s. However many I've handled since then, I have rarely found one made by the Kurds. I have just acquired this gorgeous little chanteh, made by Sanjabi Kurds towards the latter part of the 19th century. The bag is woven in a technique known as extra weft wrapping which gives it a very strong and resilient feel. The back is woven in plain-weave with only some slight staining which I hope to have removed when it is washed.
Size: 23cm x 20cm (9" x 8").

Antique Large Turkmen Storage Bagface, Ersary Tribes, ...

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This magnificent large storage bagface was made by Ersary tribes in the middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan, possibly close to the environs of Beshir, during the mid - third quarter of the 19th century. The glowing madder-red field contains a 'mina khani' design and the piece is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.78m x 1.04m (5' 10" x 3' 5").

Antique Turkmen Wooden Spindles, Turkmenistan, Central Asia. ...

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A rare but interesting find these days are antique wooden spindles of the Turkmen tribes. These were recently found in Turkmenistan and date to the 19th century.

Turkmen 'Tumar', Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, Turkmenistan, ...

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The Turkmen use the word 'tumar' to refer to a type of pectoral pendant or amulet and is based on the principle of the rhombus which consists of three parts - the upper part; the tumar proper with the symbolic mountain motif and vertical west-east orientation; a middle part consisting of a 'bozbend' tube with a horizontal west-east orientation and a lower part consisting of an inverted mountain motif from which silver, luminous world-spheres fall as pendants. The trichotomic world-picture recurs in all three parts.
In Soviet ethnography, tumar pectoral ornaments are regarded almost exclusively as amulets, an interpretation which can be attributed to Islamic influence and its interpretation of the tumar. I share the view with others that this is not the case and its true meaning should be sought in the ancient nomadic art of the Turco-Mongols.
This magnificent tumar dates to the mid-3rd quarter of the 19th century and is part-gilded on silver, carnelians in cabochon-cut and woollen cloth underlay coloured red and green.
Size: 30cm wide x 33cm deep including tassels. (12" x 13")

Antique Saddlebag Face, Khamseh Confederacy Tribes, South-West ...

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Just arrived, this visually attractive saddlebag face was made by Khamseh Confederacy nomads in Fars Province, south-west Persia during the last quarter of the 19th century. The glowing indigo-blue field contains a myriad of peacocks - male and female - together with just one single quadruped - possibly a dog.
Size: 66cm x 66cm (2' 2" x 2' 2").

Antique Baluch Chanteh (Vanity-Bag), Mahdad Khani Nomads, ...

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Double-sided knotted pile vanity-bags (chanteh) are rare. This one was found in Mashad, north-eastern Iran in 2001 and dates to the early 20th century. It was made, I suspect, by Mahdad Khani Baluch nomads and is in excellent condition.
Size: 36cm x 34cm (1' 2" x 1' 1").

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz Region, Kerman ...

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I love the soft natural colours in this beautiful rug made by Afshar nomads in the Neiriz area of Kerman Province, southern Persia around 1900. The centre of the indigo-blue field depicts a massive flower-head with vases of flowers emanating from each end. The flower-heads then form the spandrels - disappearing out under the borders and into infinity. Small quadrupeds - possibly deer or gazelle can be seen around the central flower.
Size: 1.70m x 1.25m (5' 7" x 4' 1").

Antique Scissors-Bag, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, South ...

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Just in from Iran, a rare scissors-bag with a pair of old scissors made by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province, southern Persia circa 1900. Scissor-bags today are rare and the few available on the market, were made by Shahsevan nomads.
This bag is woven in soumak technique and is in excellent condition with original braided hanging cord.
Size: 36cm x 12cm (1' 2" x 5") excluding tassels.

Antique Turkmen Bukcha (wedding mirror bag), Goklen ...

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This small, beautiful and rare Turkmen Bukcha was made by Goklen nomads in Turkmenistan during the early - mid 19th century. The 'bukcha' was made as a special pouch for containing the wedding mirror - a tradition that goes back centuries and known as 'the mirror of fortune' (a'ina-ye-bakht in Persian). Once the contractual ceremony has taken place, the bride's veil is drawn back and the couple are finally permitted to gaze at each other in the mirror. The symbolic representation in the bag is protection and fertility. The mirror should be the first object moved into the new wedding yurt. These fabulous bags are rarely seen as they were never intended for sale but highly-prized possessions within the nomadic family. The few that are seen are mainly Yomut - rarely Goklen! It is in near-mint condition.
25cm square (10" square).