Antique Feraghan Carpet, North-West Persia

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GP1

This is a fabulous north-west Persian Feraghan carpet from the second half 19th century in very good overall condition albeit with some minor areas of wear, expected in a carpet of this age. The main border is truly superb - certainly one of the best main borders I have seen on such a carpet! The indigo-blue field contains an overall 'herati' pattern i.e. stylised fish swimming in a water garden and all the colours are vegetable-dyed.
Size: 4.27m x 3.51m (14' 0" x 11' 6").
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Antique Baharlu Tribal Rug of the Khamseh ...

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BM915

This stunning rug has a myriad of chickens all pecking at seeds on the ground! Made by the Baharlu tribe of the Khamseh Confederacy in south-west Persia around 1860-1870, this beautiful rug is in very good condition with little wear and a fabulous palette of saturated vegetable colours. The end panels are complete and the warps at the top end are braided and intact.
This is one of the best Baharlu rugs I've handled.
Size: 2.75m x 1.50m (9' x 5').
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Antique Kizyl Ayak Turkmen Carpet, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM668

The richness and warmth in the vegetable-dye terracotta is just amazing. The field ornaments or tribal gols are boldly presented in 3 vertical rows of 7 gols. This fabulous carpet was made by the Kizyl Ayak Turkmen in the Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan during the third quarter of the 19th century. Although it has had a few small repairs, it is in very good pile throughout.
Size: 3.05m x 2.44m (10' 0" x 8' 0").
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Antique Turkmen Carpet, Teke Tribes, Merv Oasis, ...

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RUGMAC9

Beautiful shades of madder-red dominate this fabulous decorative Teke Turkmen carpet made at the end of the 19th century. In excellent condition.
Size: 2.84m x 2.09m (9' 4" x 6' 10").
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Antique Khamseh Confederacy Rug, South-West Persia

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BM403

A fabulous 'chicken' ('murghi' in Persian) rug of the Khamseh Confederacy Baharlu tribe of south-west Persia, made circa 1860-1870.
The rug is in excellent condition bar a few minor areas in the corners which have been expertly restored - not a concern for such a wonderful, collectable piece. The weave is extremely fine indicating a very important rug to its original owner. The field is literally filled with chickens, all pecking at seeds on the ground!
Size: 1.78m x 1.30m (5' 10" x 4' 3").
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Old Quom Rug, Quom, Central Persia

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BM554

A fabulously fine rug made in Quom, central Persia around the 1930s/40s with wool and silk highlights knotted on a silk foundation. The design of vertical flowers is referred to as 'moharramat' and the condition of the rug is mint.
2.14m x 1.40m (7' 0" x 4' 7").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Akstafa, Eastern Caucasus

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BM540

This visually stunning little prayer-rug was made in the Akstafa region of the eastern Caucasus during the last quarter of the 19th century. The colours are all vegetable and consist of a beautiful cochineal-red in the central field and a lovely use of green in the outer border (which looks blue'ish in the main photo).
Size: 1.48m x 0.82m (4' 10" x 2' 8").
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Antique Akstafa Prayer-Rug, Eastern Caucasus

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SB1

This beautiful, early Akstafa prayer-rug from the eastern Caucasus was made around 1860. The rug is in very good condition with a few very minor areas of re-knotting near the original selvedges and a very small 'ruck' line which is easily repaired after the rug has a stretch. The dyes are all natural and the pile good all-over.
A very collectable rug of the type.
Size: 1.70m x 0.82m (5' 7" x 2' 8").
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Antique 'Prayer Rug', Timuri-Sangtschuli Tribe, Western Afghanistan ...

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BM889

This stunning 'prayer rug' must rank as one of the finest knotted pieces I've ever handled. The rug comprises a 'tree-of-life' in the natural camel-hair field and the long flat-woven skirts are complete at each end. For the only other known example of this exceptional type, see page 83 in the published collection of Marvin & Frederica Amstey in 'Vanishing Jewels - Central Asian tribal Weavings' - a 1990 exhibition at the Rochester Museum & Science Centre.
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Antique Kurdish Rug, Sauj Bolaq, Kurdistan.

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MAC43

The Kurds of Sauj Bolaq produced some of the best Kurdish work up until the end of the 19th century. The wool quality in this magnificent rug is soft and lustrous and the indigo-blue field of small totemic symbols is rich and sumptuous.
Size: 2.30m x 1.34m (7' 6" x 4' 5").
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Antique Khamseh Confederacy Tribal Rug, Baharlu Sub-Tribe, ...

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BM/HD

This fabulous rug belongs to a rare tribal group within the Khamseh Confederacy - the Baharlu nomads. It is elegant in its drawing - the weaver probably inspired by the classical carpets during the 19th century. Made around 1870-1880, the beautiful vegetable colours just glow and the rug is in excellent overall condition with only very minor wear.
Size: 1.91m x 1.42m (6' 3" x 4' 8").
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Antique Borchalou Rug, Borchalou, South-West Caucasus.

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BM/GT2

Borchalou lies below Tiflis in the south-western Caucasus. In the seventeenth century, Shah Abbas deported Borchalou tribes from Hamadan northwards and they eventually settled in this area, now called Borchalou.
This stunning little rug has a typical Borchalou madder-red field and simple motifs depicted therein. Interestingly, at the base of the red field there appears a blue square which I suspect is a re-entrant symbol, often seen in prayer-rugs of the south-west Caucasus. Could this little rug, therefore, be a latent prayer-rug?
Made circa 1875, it is in near mint condition and the wool is soft and glossy.
Size: 1.40m x 1.22m (4' 7" x 4' 0")
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