Antique Kurdish Rug, Kurdistan.

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This chunky little rug is really quite charming.
Symmetrically knotted by Kurdish tribes in Kurdistan at the end of the nineteenth century, it is in reasonably good pile all over with attractive natural colours. The price reflects the condition.
Size: 1.30m x 1.14m (4' 3" x 3' 9").
| $906 USD | €758 EUR

Ru-Korssi, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, North-East Persia. ...

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A very attractive and beautifully woven Ru-Korssi (cover), made by Baluch tribes in the Khorassan area of north-east Persia, probably in the mid 20th century.
The quality of the work is masterful having a natural camel-hair ground with a stylised pre-Islamic cross in the centre surrounded by four 'trees-of-life'. The main border is superbly executed using a symbol often found in nineteenth century Timuri weavings.
Although there is a mix of natural and synthetic colours, it shows how this fine weaving can be found from the mid 20th century.
Size: 1.32m x 1.25m (4' 4" x 4' 1").
| $766 USD | €641 EUR

Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Merv Oasis, ...

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Nineteenth century Teke Turkmen rugs don't get much better that this!
The soft, lustrous natural-dye wool and the soft rose-red ground, complete with knotted-pile elems, rank this rug amongst the very best of type. The central field contains three vertical rows of nine Teke guls in each and, bar a few minor areas of expert restoration, the rug is in excellent overall condition.
Size: 1.75m x 1.22m (5' 9" x 4' 0").
| $5,923 USD | €4,953 EUR

Antique Armenian Rug, Armenia.

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The most charming aspect of this rug is the depiction of the man and wife in the top left hand corner of the indigo-blue field. Utterly charming!
Could this have been a marriage rug? Above the young couple is old Armenian script which, when translated, may help to identify the real reason for the making of this rug.
Recently out of a private collection where it has been for many years, I've had the rug washed and restored where necessary, but the pile is evenly low as can be seen in the photos. Nevertheless, the rug, which must date to circa 1880, has another 100 years of use on the floor but I suspect it would take on its own charm, hanging on the wall. It's a great example of early Armenian knotted weaving.
Size: 2.01m x 1.47m (6' 7" x 4' 10".
| $3,484 USD | €2,914 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Kuba, Eastern Caucasus.

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This delightful little prayer-rug was made in the Kuba region, eastern Caucasus, circa 1880-1900.
The madder-red field has a plethora of '8-pointed stars' - symbols of protection. The stars, in different natural colours, appear to disappear under the borders and out into infinity. The weaver has captured that small part of Paradise, built borders around it, to keep evil spirits from entering. The ivory main border with its symbols combination of '8-pointed stars' and 'quincunx' or 'fives', is extremely powerful and again, affording protection. The mihrab is highlighted in natural green and the rug is in very good condition, albeit the pile is evenly low all over.
I love it!
Size: 1.43 x 0.92m (4' 8" x 3' 0").
| $7,316 USD | €6,118 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shekarlu Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

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This magnificent Qashqa'i - Shekarlu rug contains a wealth of symbolism - amazing detail and quality. The Shekarlu tribe ranked up amongst the best of the Qashqa'i weaving sub-tribes (taifeh) and this fabulous rug certainly testifies to that.
Made during the second half of the nineteenth century, the rug is in overall very good condition with minor signs of wear, particularly in the upper and lower borders. The main ivory border design is typically Shekarlu and to sit and look at this rug for as long as you like, you will always find something new going on!
Size: 2.37m x 1.70m (7' 9" x 5' 7").
| $6,062 USD | €5,069 EUR

Antique Bread Sofreh, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, ...

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There is something about zig-zags that I find most appealing - particularly when the colours are all organic and the weaver has created something spontaneous with great movement of colour as can be seen here. I've always believed that the zig-zags symbolically represented flowing water and this can be seen, not only in the central field, but also in the border design.
Bread sofrehs were specifically made for kneading the dough on before baking the 'lavash' or circular bread, and this sofreh was made around 1900 by an Afshar woman in Kerman Province, southern Persia.
Size: 1.06m x 1.23m (3' 6" x 4' 0").
| $1,742 USD | €1,457 EUR

Antique Kurdish Namakdan (salt-bag), Sanjabi Nomads, Kurdistan. ...

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Just arrived, this large utilitarian salt-bag - 'namakdan' in Persian - the woollen face woven in soumak technique and the back, in plain-weave with symbols in horizontal bands.
Woven by Sanjabi Kurds in Kurdistan around 1900, the bag is complete and in excellent condition.
Size: 71cm x 46cm (2' 4" x 1' 6").
| $1,533 USD | €1,282 EUR

Antique Namakdan (salt-bag), Kordi Nomads, Quchan Region, ...

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Just in from Iran, this stunning salt-bag ('namakdan' in Persian), was woven by Kordi nomads in the Quchan region of Khorassan Province, north-east Persia, at the end of the nineteenth century. The face of the salt-bag appears to depict 'eyes' throughout - warding off evil spirits and protecting the contents of the bag.
Salt-bags, as the name implies, were woven for containing rock-salt and nuts; were totally utilitarian and never intended for commercial sale.
The natural colours in this bag are beautifully saturated and the bag is complete with its plain-weave back.
Size: 53cm x 38cm (1' 9" x 1' 3").
| $1,185 USD | €991 EUR

Antique Tubreh, Kordi Tribes, Quchan Region, Khorassan ...

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This 'tubreh' or small storage-bag, was woven in soumak technique by Kordi tribes, descendants of the Kurds who were forcibly moved from Kurdistan to Khorassan in the 1500s, in order to guard that part of north-east Persia from the incursions of Turkmen and Uzbeks who were wont to plunder in that area.
Made around the early twentieth century, and just arrived from Iran, the bag is in near-mint condition, complete with its fabulous plain-weave back, depicting two rows of deer or gazelle.
Size: 50cm x 45cm (1' 8" x 1' 6").
| $1,185 USD | €991 EUR

Antique Turkmen Rug, Kizyl Ayak Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

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This charming little rug contains three powerful Kizyl Ayak Turkmen guls on a madder-red ground. Made around 1900, the rug is in excellent condition with attractive elems either end.
Size: 1.22m x 0.91m (4' x 3').
| $1,045 USD | €874 EUR

Antique Afshar Tribal Carpet, Afshar Nomads, Kerman ...

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This small Afshar carpet was as large as these nomads would make on horizontal ground looms during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The indigo-blue central field contains a myriad of 'botehs' - flame symbols from the nearby Zoroastrians and the proto-type of the designs we know today as the Kashmiri shawl and Paisley patterns. Note the one sky-blue boteh in the lower left corner of the field - probably the weaver's signature.
Madder-red surrounds the central field and outer borders with small plant symbols scattered throughout and if you look very closely, you might spot an animal or three!
In excellent pile all over and retaining its long plain-weave skirts, this is a most attractive and decorative carpet.
Size: 2.56m x 1.46m (8' 5" x 4' 9").
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR