Antique Turkmen Germech, Ersary Tribe, Middle Amu ...

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BM1553

The 'germech' was designed to be placed under the yurt door-rug (engsi) in order to keep out vermin and any other unwanted small visitors! This beautiful germech, made by Ersary Turkmen around 1870-1880, has lovely shades of madder-red, indigo-blue, turquoise and highlights of golden-yellow. The germech, which is a relatively rare item, is in mint condition, over-bound on the sides and top with goat-hair and retains its complete plain-weave elem.
Size: 28cm x 1.08m (1' 0" x 3' 6").
£1,650
| $2,247 USD | €1,837 EUR

Antique Turkmen Asmalyk, Ersary Tribes, Middle Amu ...

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BM/FS3

Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 61, this rare heptagonal asmalyk was made by Ersary tribes in the Middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan during the mid 19th century. The rare ivory ground with its depiction of totemic symbols, nicely drawn and interspersed with amulets for protection.
Asmalyks were made in pairs by the young bride, hung on the flanks of the wedding camel during her journey to her wedding ceremony, presented to her future husband who would hang them up in the wedding yurt as symbols of power and fertility.
This asmalyk is in excellent condition.
Size: 74cm x 1.52m (2' 5" x 5' 0").
£4,500
| $6,127 USD | €5,009 EUR

Turkmen Asmalyk, Teke Tribe, Merv Oasis, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM/FS2

A rare 'asmalyk' - a bridal wedding camel trapping - made by Teke tribes in the Merv Oasis of Turkmenistan during the mid 19th century. Asmalyks were made in pairs by the bride and hung on the flanks of the wedding camel during the bride's journey to her wedding ceremony. Symbolically, they represented power and fertility and when presented to the bridegroom as part of the bride's dowry, he would hang them inside the wedding yurt for the rest of their married days. Most asmalyks found on the world market today are from the Yomut Turkmen - those made by the Teke are rare. This stunning asmalyk, which is in excellent condition and complete with tassels, comprises vertical columns of trees known as 'gapyrga' in the Turkmen language.
Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 45, this is a highly collectible asmalyk.
Size: 60cm x 1.17m (2' 0" x 3' 10").
£4,500
| $6,127 USD | €5,009 EUR

Antique Prayer-Kilim, Erzurum, Eastern Anatolia.

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RPD27

Woven in eastern Turkey around 1900-1920, this prayer-kilim incorporates a golden-yellow mihrab and a powerful natural orange-red main border comprising a stylised 'tree' design. I like the highlighted ivory border around the top of the prayer-mihrab.
Size: 2.00m x 1.43m (6' 6" x 4' 8").
£850
| $1,157 USD | €946 EUR

Old Suzani, Nurata, Uzbekistan.

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BM/S6

The word 'suzani' is a Persian word meaning 'needle'. In Uzbekistan, it refers to a type of embroidered wall-hanging that is used to decorate walls or to conceal niches and shelved alcoves. Suzani embroidery is an urban domestic craft and were made to form part of the bride's dowry.
Suzanis made in the 18th and 19th centuries, today, are highly collectable and fetch tens of thousands of pounds. The suzanis I have recently acquired here, were made during the 20th century, but of high quality and equal to their predecessors. The difference being they are considerably less money and affordable to those who are unable to pay 10,000 GBP upwards!
The suzani illustrated, is silk-embroidered on an ivory cotton background - incredible work, natural colours and truly beautiful.
Size: 1.50m x 1.10m (5' 0" x 3' 7")
£1,450
| $1,974 USD | €1,614 EUR

Old Suzani, Nurata, Uzbekistan.

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BM/S5

The word 'suzani' is a Persian word meaning 'needle'. In Uzbekistan, it refers to a type of embroidered wall-hanging that is used to decorate walls or to conceal niches and shelved alcoves. Suzani embroidery is an urban domestic craft and were made to form part of the bride's dowry.
Suzanis made in the 18th and 19th centuries, today, are highly collectable and fetch tens of thousands of pounds. The suzanis I have recently acquired here, were made during the 20th century, but of high quality and equal to their predecessors. The difference being they are considerably less money and affordable to those who are unable to pay 10,000 GBP upwards!
The suzani illustrated, is silk-embroidered on a black cotton background - incredible work, natural colours and truly beautiful.
Size: 1.70m x 1.07m (5' 7" x 3' 6").
£1,450
| $1,974 USD | €1,614 EUR

Antique Kilim, Maimana, Northern Afghanistan.

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BM1541

This bold yet charming kilim was made in the vicinity of Maimana in north Afghanistan during the early 20th century. It has a beet-red ground containing two vertical columns of five large lozenges or tribal 'guls' (crests) and is in excellent floor-worthy condition.
Size: 1.98 x 1.14m (6' 6" x 3' 9").
£750
| $1,021 USD | €835 EUR

Antique Storage-Bag, Khamseh Confederacy Tribes, Fars Province, ...

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BM/Chooks

Should I sell or should I not sell? That was the question!! I can't keep everything otherwise I'd have nothing for sale!
I love this complete storage-bag with its stylised chickens all pecking at seeds on the ground and very popular with the Khamseh Confederacy nomads. They must love chickens!
In excellent condition, this bag was probably made around 1880 with all vegetable colours and stuffed with a cotton filling at some point in the past. It can be sold with or without the filling.
Size: 61cm (2') square
£1,450
| $1,974 USD | €1,614 EUR

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

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BM1551

This very unusual rug has just arrived - made by Afshar nomads around 1900 but with a rare ivory-ground and delicate use of flowers and vine-leaves. Extremely decorative and in my 40 years of dealing in rugs, I haven't come across this design in an Afshar rug before!
The rug is in very good overall condition.
Size: 1.55 x 1.34m (5' 1" x 4' 5").
£3,300
| $4,493 USD | €3,673 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Bakhtiari Nomads, The Chahar Mahal ...

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BM/BK

Just in from Iran, this very understated salt-bag - 'namakdan' in Persian - woven in plain-weave and soumak technique, has a beautiful range of natural colours, such as dark and light-blue, turquoise, pea-green, madder-red, golden yellow, ivory and aubergine. The sides are bound in goat-hair and the back is woven in plain-weave technique.
Made by Bakhtiari nomads during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the bag is in very good condition bar two small repairs in the bottom right and left corners.
Size: 60cm x 46cm (2' 0" x 1' 6").
£850
| $1,157 USD | €946 EUR

Antique Turkmen Germech, Ersary Tribe, Middle Amu ...

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BM/FS1

The 'germech' was the base panel under the engsi (door-rug) and which was designed to keep-out vermin. This germech, made by Ersary Turkmen in the Middle Amu Darya Region of Turkmenistan circa 1860-1870, has a superb madder-red field comprising diamond-shaped 'guls' or tribal crests throughout. The main border is powerful and at the base, a plain-weave panel completes this rare and fabulous trapping. In excellent and complete condition.
Size: 36 x 96cm (1' 2" x 3' 2").
SOLD

Antique Afshar Rug, Sirjan Area, Kerman Province, ...

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BM/GN

What I love about this gorgeous little Afshar tribal rug is the powerful inner red and blue border, highlighted in golden-yellow. Other than that, the design is stunning with wonderful use of natural madder-red, two shades of indigo-blue, turquoise amongst others. Made around 1880 in the Sirjan area of south Persia, the Afshar refer to this field design of lozenges as 'bandi'.
In very good condition, the rug, like all my rugs, has been expertly washed, to enhance these superb vegetable colours.
Size: 1.42 x 1.22m (4' 8" x 4' 0").
SOLD