Antique Qashqa'i Carpet, Fars Province, South-west Persia. ...

Item Number
BM1312

Just in, a fabulous 19th century Qashqa'i tribal small carpet in excellent condition and made by the Amaleh or Arab Cherpanlu taifeh. The field incorporates a myriad of the so-called Qashqa'i 'scorpion' design - where the scorpion woven and knotted into rugs and weavings is supposed to ward off live scorpions! In my experience, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't!! The weave is very fine and the wool quality soft, glossy and very pliable. A stunning carpet.
Size: 2.44m x 1.40m (8' 0" x 4' 7").
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Antique Turkmen Torba, Ersary Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM/JS1

The wool quality in this torba is soft, lustrous and glossy. In very good condition, it was made by Ersary Turkmen circa 1900.
Size:
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Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

Item Number
BM/MS

This charming salt-bag (namakdan) has a knotted-pile face and a plain-weave back in horizontal bands of coloured wool and white cotton.
Size:
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Antique Khamseh Confederacy Rug, Baharlu Taifeh, South-West ...

Item Number
BM/ST1

Made around 1870-1880, this stunning rug of the Baharlu nomads within the Khamseh Confederacy tribes, is in excellent overall condition, even retaining its original skirts at each end. The field consists of pomegranates and the vegetable colours are superb.
Size: 1.96m x 1.17m (6' 5" x 3' 10").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Kashkuli Tribe, Fars Province, ...

Item Number
BM/GT2

An early and extremely finely knotted Qashqa'i rug made by the Kashkuli taifeh during the mid 19th century. The madder-red field contains a myriad of 'botehs' - flame symbols originating in Zoraostrianism and which are the proto-type of the Kashmiri shawl and Paisley patterns - which continue into the pea-green spandrels. Sadly, part of the upper and lower red outer borders are missing but otherwise, the rug is in good overall condition.
Size: 1.65m x 1.10m (5' 5" x 3' 7").
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Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Merv Oasis, ...

Item Number
BM/GD

This is one of the finest knotted Teke rugs I've had the pleasure of handling. The wool quality is the very best - soft, lustrous and glossy. The natural madder-red colour is as good as it gets! Fabulous.
Size: 1.62m x 1.14m (5' 4" x 3' 9")
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Antique Bakhtiari Rug, The Chahar Mahal, Western ...

Item Number
BM/DR

A visually exciting example of Chahr Mahal Bakhtiari work comprising a beautifully-drawn 'tree-of-life' rising up from the underworld, through the earthly world and the branches in the world of the spirit. Birds sit atop the branches and symbolically represent the carriers of the soul. At the base of the tree, sit two handsome peacocks, symbols of immortality and divine protection. The rug is in excellent overall condition and the selvedges have been expertly replaced due to wear on the originals.
Size: 2.13m x 1.38m (7' 0" x 4' 6").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Kerman Province, South ...

Item Number
BM/JA

This charming little square rug was probably a 'masnad' - a rug specifically made for visiting dignitaries such as the Shah or Khan to sit on when visiting this particular group of Afshar nomads at the end of the 19th century. The simple madder-red field is visually attractive as is the flower, bursting into life in the very centre - the mirror image of two vases emanating upwards at each end. Overall, the rug has an evenly low pile but no areas of severe wear, thus the reasonable price.
Size: 1.37m x 1.27m (4' 6" x 4' 2").
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Antique Ceremonial Saddle-Cover, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, ...

Item Number
BM/B

A recent arrival from Iran is this truly superb ceremonial saddle-cover made by Afshar nomads in Kerman province, south Persia, during the first period of the 20th century. The cut-out section is for the cantle, with decorative tassels intended to hang down at the back side of the saddle. The main section, all in lustrous, glossy vegetable-dye wool, depicts a myriad of seated camels on an indigo-blue background. Mint condition!
Size: 91cm x 89cm (3' 0" x 2' 11").
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Antique Turkmen Torba, Ersary Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM/SC

This charming little torba - personal belongings bag - was made by Ersary Turkmen nomads around 1900. It contains two large and powerful Ersary guls (tribal crests) in the centre and is complete with braided hanging cords. It is in excellent condition with soft, glossy wool and complete with plain-weave back.
Size: 109m x 0.48m (3' 7" x 1' 7").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

Item Number
BM/AE1

This must rank as one of the very best 19th century Timuri prayer-rugs I've had the great pleasure of owning for a very short while. I knew as soon as it was advertised, it would fly out - like the proverbial flying carpet! The condition was near-mint - beautiful soft, glossy vegetable-dye wool and complete with flat-woven skirts. It was previously acquired in the 1940s from a well-known carpet dealer in the West End of London and found its way to the Antipodes. I find myself very lucky to acquire it and now pass it on to someone who will, I know, treasure it.
Size: 1.50m x 1.20m (4' 11" x 3' 11").
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Antique Flat-Weave, Labijar/Maimana, Northern Afghanistan.

Item Number
BM1269

A visual masterpiece from the Labijar/Maimana region of northern Afghanistan in excellent condition and dating to the early 20th century.
Size: 4.25m x 1.90m (14' 0" x 6' 3").
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Antique Spindle-Bag, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, Southern ...

Item Number
BM/NG

Bags like this were often dowry pieces and used for containing spindles, water-pipes and even tent-pegs. This bag is spectacular, woven by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province circa 1890-1900. It has an incredibly fine soumak weave and is in near-mint condition.
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
BM1289

The chuval (bedding-bag) depicts a field design of tribal guls surrounded by a border with an extra panel at the bottom.
Symbolically, I believe the central field of guls to represent paradise and the lower panel to represent the earthly world.
Therefore, note the two stylised figures leaving the earthly world, where they have passed away, and disappearing under the border and out into the world of the spirit. The dark aubergine background has tremendous depth and I love the sky-blue shining out of the minor guls - glowing in a dark sky! Made by Yomut tribes around the last quarter of the 19th century.
Size: 1.20m x 0.67m (4' 0" x 2' 2").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan.

Item Number
BM/GD

My favourite tribal rugs must be those of the Timuri nomads of western Afghanistan.
I love their juxtaposition of glowing indigo-blues and madder-reds and this rare tiny prayer-rug just sings these fabulous colours. The motif within the mihrab is a stylised tree - a symbol to these people reflecting the 3-level universe - where the roots are in the under-world, the trunk is in the earthly-world and the branches are in the world of the spirit. This tree symbol is usually only found on large main carpets of the Timuri - in compartments of 4-6 in the central field - but uncommon on small rugs.
Timuri rugs like this one, in excellent condition, are very rare today, but this small size is much rarer.
Size: 1.10m x 0.69m (3' 7" x 2' 3").
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Antique Bakhtiari Khan Rug, The Chahar Mahal, ...

Item Number
BM/GT

A visually stunning rug, possibly made for a tribal Khan in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia, circa 1900.
The rug is in mint condition with beautiful natural shades of indigo-blue, madder-red and a rare, stunning golden-yellow border. The central field contains a large cypress-tree and on either side, pomegranate trees.
Size: 1.86m x 1.38m (6' 1" x 4' 6").
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Antique Shears-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads of Bijar, North-West ...

Item Number
BM/AU

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

Item Number
BM/GT

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

Item Number
BM/GD

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

Item Number
BM/MO

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

Item Number
BM/AU

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

Item Number
BM1270

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

Item Number
BM/YB

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

Item Number
BM/DD

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).
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