Antique Vanity-Bag, Sanjabi Kurds, Kurdistan.

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BM/CK1

This charming little 'chanteh' (vanity-bag) was woven by Sanjabi Kurds at the end of the 19th century. Chantehs were made by women for their use only and were never intended for sale in the commercial markets. Today, little chantehs are rare and this one is in very good complete condition with plain-weave back. Vanity-bags were used to contain jewellery, mirrors and coins and were generally highly-prized possessions within the nomadic environment.
Size: 22cm x 20cm (8.5" x 8").
£750

Antique Saddle-Bags, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan.

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BM/PC12

Why I'm selling this beautiful and visually attractive 'khorjin' (saddle-bags) I have no idea, as they have been in my personal collection for many years! Anyway, I hope they will find a good home where they will be appreciated for the stunning quality they are.
Illustrated in my 3rd edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 264, they were made by Shahsevan nomads in Azerbaijan during the last quarter of the 19th Century. The overall design appears to be stylised 'trees' and on the back, the charming depiction of stylised birds and various other symbols including a quadruped with body missing! These wonderful bags are in excellent complete overall condition and have been loved and well looked after.
Size: 1.25 x 0.53m (4' 1" x 1' 9").
POA

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Ferdows Province, South-East ...

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BM/RB

I particularly like the camel-hair field with the diagonal bands of 'Turkmen asiks' in different colours, disappearing under the borders and out into infinity. The main border is reminiscent of a popular Afshar pattern and also linked to the Ferdows region of the south-east Persian Baluch.
Size: 1.30m x 0.80m (4' 3" x 2' 8").
£1,750

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Dokhtar-e-Qazi Sub-Tribe, ...

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BM/SJ4

A rare and beautiful Timuri prayer-rug of the Dokhtar-e-Qazi tribe made circa 1880.
Dokhtar-e-Qazi literally means 'daughter of the judge' - a sub tribe of the Timuri that occupied the border area of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan. The indigo-blue field is decorated with a small tree or shrub design which is peculiar to this tribe together with the distinctive pointed-shape mihrab. The rug is in excellent condition and is complete with flat-woven ends.
See my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' for a similar example and my recent article in the December 2018 Carpet Collector magazine covering the Timuri nomads.
Size: 1.43m x 1.13m (4' 8" x 3' 8").
£4,000

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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BM/SJ5

Rare and deeply saturated in glowing vegetable colours, this prayer-rug was made by Timuri nomads in the mid 19th century. Very few Timuris with this field and border design appear on the market and this rug is in overall very good condition bar some slight corrosion in the dark brown/black dye. In sunlight, as a dear, late friend of mine once said, the colours are like oil floating on water. This rug has to be seen to be fully appreciated, but with the sun shining on it, the colours are amazing. Note the powerful ivory border framing the field and mihrab and the long brocaded skirt at the lower end - again incredibly rare. This is a rug for collectors - a rug of a type of which few exist.
The rug is illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 90 of the third edition.
Size: 1.30m x 0.86m (4' 3" x 2' 10").
£5,000

Antique Bergama Rug, Bergama, Western Anatolia.

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BM/RPD36

This charming little rug is relatively rare as most rugs from this area of Bergama were considerably larger. In excellent overall condition, and made during the early 20th century, I love the use of turquoise surrounding the two large central lozenge symbols.
Size: 1.12m x 0.92m (3' 8" x 3' 0").
£1,250

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

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BM/SB2

Just arrived, this charming spindle-bag has an indigo-blue plain-weave structure with the borders, flowers and birds depicted in the field, woven in soumak technique. The back of the bag has an all-over pattern of family-unity symbols in the same technique. The bag was woven by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province during the last quarter of the 19th century and, bar some minor wear in both lower bottom corners, it is in very good condition. I have inserted two antique wooden drop-spindles in the bag and I will include these in the price.
Size: 39cm x 28cm (15" x 11").
£850

Antique Balisht (pillow-bag), Baluch Tribes, Khorassan, North-East ...

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BM/B2

The 'balisht' or pillow-bag had to be finely knotted using the very best mountain-sheep wool bearing in mind that one's head had to be comfortable when sleeping, or even lounging in the tent. Balishts are often mistaken these days for grain-bags but the difference in quality was enormous! The grain bag, in the main, was very much coarser than the exceptionally finely knotted pillow-bags, as they were intended for hard use. This superb quality balisht, in mint condition, was made by Khorassan Baluch nomads around 1900. Very few balishts remain in complete condition with plain-weave backs these days - most had the backs cut-off by unscrupulous dealers who saw more money in a small rug than in a bag!
Size: 89cm x 39cm (2' 11" x 1' 4").
POA

Antique Prayer-Rug, Konya, Central Anatolia.

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BM/K1

Just arrived, a handsome Konya prayer-rug made during the second half of the 19th century with a stunning red field and equally attractive pea-green mihrab. The overall condition of the rug is very good albeit the pile is evenly-low consistently all-over. A truly gorgeous rug.
Size: 1.63 x 1.09m (5' 4" x 3' 7").
POA

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Kashkuli Tribe, Fars Province, ...

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RUGMAC46

The Kashkuli nomads were the finest weavers within the Qashqa'i Confederacy and this rug, made circa 1880, is a testament to the exceptional quality of these 19th century Kashkuli rugs. The beautiful indigo-blue field contains a myriad of flowers which, to these nomads, represented their woven gardens within their black tents. The main border is finely executed and the saturated natural colours are glowing in the very best way. Just magnificent!
Size: 2.31m x 1.27m (7' 7" x 4' 2").
£3,500

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

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RUGMAC 1

This is an early Teke rug made with cochineal-dye wool, from the mid 19th century and originating from the Akhal Oasis in Turkmenistan.
The overall small 'gul' pattern in the central field is rare in rugs of the Teke nomads and more often found in their chuvals (bedding bags).
Note how the weaver started the border (base of rug) with the small 'gul' symbols but then changed her mind by knotting a different border pattern which then powerfully framed the field. The knotted 'elems' or skirts are beautifully drawn and although the overall condition of the pile is evenly low, it doesn't seem to detract from the rug when it's on the floor.
This a truly rare and fabulous example of early Teke work.
Size: 1.65m x 1.22m (5' 5" x 4' 0").
£1,250

Antique Prayer Flat-Weave, Kordi Tribes, Quchan Region, ...

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BM1373

This is an unusual flat-weave and brocade prayer-rug made by Kordi tribes in the Quchan region of north-eastern Persia, circa 1890-1900. The overall condition is good with very slight wear in the lower part of the rug.
Size: 1.22m x 0.74m (4' 0" x 2' 5").
£475