Antique Wheat=Sack 'Tasheh', Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, Chahar Mahal, ...

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BM/VS3

Wheat-sacks or 'tashehs' in Persian, were made as the name implies, for containing wheat. They were generally made in pairs and once filled, would have been tied to the flanks of pack animals and transported during long migrations. The last of the woven wheat-sacks were made in the 1940s when plastic sacks arrived in the bazaars from the West and thus came the demise of the fabulous tasheh.
I have recently acquired three from a private collection - all opened up for display purposes. Just imagine sewing up the sides and base with goat-hair and you have a circular sack in which to pour the wheat. The designs in each case are similar and quite symbolic. I believe the central knotted-pile bottle shape represents the container; the plain-weave side represents the bare earth and the decorated side represents the growing of the wheat i.e. the bounty of God. The chevrons at the top of the knotted-pile represent the pouring of the wheat into the container.
All wheat sacks have a different knotted-pile design, except for pairs, and I believe this is a sign that each tasheh can be recognised by the family that owns them.
Today, tashehs are rare and many were worn out due to constant use.
This one measures 91 x 91cm (3' x 3').
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique Wheat-Sack 'Tasheh', Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, Chahar Mahal, ...

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BM/VS2

Wheat-sacks or 'tashehs' in Persian, were made as the name implies, for containing wheat. They were generally made in pairs and once filled, would have been tied to the flanks of pack animals and transported during long migrations. The last of the woven wheat-sacks were made in the 1940s when plastic sacks arrived in the bazaars from the West and thus came the demise of the fabulous tasheh.
I have recently acquired three from a private collection - all opened up for display purposes. Just imagine sewing up the sides and base with goat-hair and you have a circular sack in which to pour the wheat. The designs in each case are similar and quite symbolic. I believe the central knotted-pile bottle shape represents the container; the plain-weave side represents the bare earth and the decorated side represents the growing of the wheat i.e. the bounty of God. The chevrons at the top of the knotted-pile represent the pouring of the wheat into the container.
All wheat sacks have a different knotted-pile design, except for pairs, and I believe this is a sign that each tasheh can be recognised by the family that owns them.
Today, tashehs are rare and many were worn out due to constant use.
This one is one of a pair and measures 1.19 x 1.32m (3' 11" x 4' 4").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique Wheat-Sack 'Tasheh', Bakhtiari Nomads, Chahar Mahal, ...

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BM/VS1

Wheat-sacks or 'tashehs' in Persian, were made as the name implies, for containing wheat. They were generally made in pairs and once filled, would have been tied to the flanks of pack animals and transported during long migrations. The last of the woven wheat-sacks were made in the 1940s when plastic sacks arrived in the bazaars from the West and thus came the demise of the fabulous tasheh.
I have recently acquired three from a private collection - all opened up for display purposes. Just imagine sewing up the sides and base with goat-hair and you have a circular sack in which to pour the wheat. The designs in each case are similar and quite symbolic. I believe the central knotted-pile bottle shape represents the container; the plain-weave side represents the bare earth and the decorated side represents the growing of the wheat i.e. the bounty of God. The chevrons at the top of the knotted-pile represent the pouring of the wheat into the container.
All wheat sacks have a different knotted-pile design, except for pairs, and I believe this is a sign that each tasheh can be recognised by the family that owns them.
Today, tashehs are rare and many were worn out due to constant use.
This one is one of a pair and measures 1.19 x 1.27m (3' 11" x 4' 2").
£750
| $999 USD | €850 EUR

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Sariq Tribe, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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JT9

The Chuval in Turkmen vocabulary was the bedding bag for transporting personal belongings on the camels and pack animals. This Chuval has lost its flatwoven back but retains, in excellent condition, its beautiful finely knotted-pile face incorporating 9 Sariq Turkmen guls (crests). Made around 1900, the red field is probably derived from cochineal (insect dye). What a steal at 950!!!
Size: 1.49m x 0.81m (4' 11" x 2' 8").
£950
| $1,265 USD | €1,076 EUR

Antique Pair of Tabriz City Rugs, Tabriz, ...

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RUGMAC15/16

It's unusual to find a fabulous pair of Tabriz rugs that have remained together for over 100 years. They were acquired by a British family living in Iran during the early 20th century and handed down through the family until now. I acquired them because the family concerned were down-sizing and sadly couldn't use them any more. I've had them deep washed and both rugs have turned out beautifully - their glowing indigo-blue field and intricate detail in the central lozenge and spandrels just stunning. Made around 1880-1900, I am selling the rugs as a pair as it would be sacrilege to separate them after all this time.
Size: 1.76m x 1.17m (5' 9" x 3' 10").
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Antique 'Eagle-Gul' Teke Turkmen Torba, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM1427

This magnificent torba, with its cochineal or lac dye ground, is a rare type referred to as the 'eagle-gul' group. The reason for this name is given to torbas and chuvals which have half-guls disappearing under the top and bottom borders. Made by Teke Turkmen during the mid 19th century, the torba is in pretty good overall condition for its age, although I have had the sides very slightly reduced due to damage and new selvedges sewn-in.
Size: 1.10m x 0.46m (3' 7" x 1' 6").
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Antique Afshar Rug, Neiriz Region, Kerman Province, ...

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RPD22

This Afshar rug contains an unusual and rare design of overall compartments containg 'gul-like' symbols within each square - a link with the tribe's Central Asian origins. Note the additional vertical border on the right side of the inner field! This contains a date in the top right corner - translated as 1912 in the solar calendar. The rug is in excellent condition with absolutely no repairs.
1.76 x 1.35m (5' 9" x 4' 5").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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RPD19

On a soft camel coloured ground, can be seen a field of 'dragon & phoenix' symbols in very stylized form - symbolizing the fight between good and evil. The Afshar originated in Eastern Turkistan and arrived in southern Persia between the 11th and 15th centuries, bringing their dragon symbolism with them. Rarely found on rugs, the dragon & phoenix is very occasionally found on their storage bags. The wool quality is superb - soft and glossy - and the colours are all from vegetable dyes. The rug is in excellent condition with only a few minor repairs.
Size: 1.45 x 1.23m (4' 9" x 4' 0").
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Antique Afshar Rug, Neiriz, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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BM1407

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").
£1,450
| $1,931 USD | €1,643 EUR

Antique Saddle-Bags, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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BM/CA1

It is extremely rare these days to find a single Timuri 'cockerel' bag never mind a complete pair in excellent condition, made circa 1880 by Timuri nomads in the borderlands of eastern Persia/western Afghanistan. These bags rank amongst the most collectable from the Timuri and Baluch tribes, with collectors worldwide. The cockerel symbolically represents, to these nomads, the harbinger of the day, dispeller of the night and in most of these rare weavings, the cockerels highlighted in ivory represent the males and the dark birds, the females. The wool is soft and lustrous as would be expected from these superb 19th century knotted bags.
Size: 1.50m x 0.69m (4' 11" x 2' 3").
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