Antique Senneh Mat, Kurdish Tribes of Senneh, ...

Item Number
BM/SA

This charming little mat was made by settled Kurdish tribes in Senneh - originally Sanandaj - capital of Persian Kurdistan - around 1880-1900. The mat is in good overall condition with a very fine knotted weave and all the colours are natural. The overall design is called the 'herati' - stylised fish swimming in a water-garden.
Size: 1.00m x 0.56m (3' 3" x 1' 10").
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Antique Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Western Afghanistan. ...

Item Number
BM1

Dining Sofrehs were spread out in the tent during mealtimes and bowls of food placed upon it. The nomads would then sit around the sofreh, cross-legged, and enjoy eating and good conversation. This truly magnificent sofreh with its intricate brocading throughout, was made by Timuri nomads around 1880-1900 and is in excellent condition. It is a fabulous example of these now very rare sofrehs.
Size: 1.75m x 0.76m (5' 9" x 2' 6").
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Antique Saddle-Bagface, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

Item Number
BM/CB

A little the worse for wear but utterly charming, this once face of complete saddle-bags has a glorious indigo-blue field with ivory lozenge in the centre incorporating the Qashqa'i symbolic 'scorpion' design. Within the indigo-blue field can be seen small stylised quadrupeds.
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Antique Engsi (yurt-door rug), Yomut Turkmen Tribes, ...

Item Number
BM1257

Another magnificent Engsi - yurt-door rug), made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan around the first half of the 19th century. The madder-red central panels depict a beautifully drawn 'asik' pattern - (small trees) - with the four divided panels symbolically depicting the 'four gardens of Paradise'. Particularly striking, are the 'elems' - the bottom elem in gorgeous indigo sky-blue and depicting stylised 'trees-of-life'. This is a rare, important and highly collectable engsi of the Yomut Turkmen.
Size: 1.63m x 1.24m (5' 4" x 4' 1").
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Rare Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Khorassan Region, ...

Item Number
BM/PS

Afshar rugs made in the Khorassan region of north-east Persia are rare. This stunning little rug with its two large Turkmen 'guls' on a glowing indigo-blue field, is superb. The guls incorporate a vegetable-dye rose-pink - an unusual but early colour also seen in the inner border. The rug oozes quality and has a strong Turkmen presence - an indication of the Afshar origins in eastern Turkistan before their mass migrations into Persia and eastern Anatolia in the 11th century.
Size: 1.40m x 1.09m (4' 7" x 3' 7")
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Antique Turkmen '6-Gul' Torba, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

Item Number
BM/JS

The madder-red colour in this rare '6-gul' Teke Turkmen torba is beautiful and ranks up there with the best of Teke work. The weave is incredibly fine and shows the high quality of work achieved by the best Teke weavers - in this case, a woman at the very top of her profession.
This torba was undoubtedly a dowry piece and never intended for sale or barter.
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Sirjan Region, Kerman ...

Item Number
BM/GM

The vibrancy of the glowing indigo-blue brings out the best in this beautiful rug made by Afshar nomads around 1900. The rug is in excellent condition with a soft, velvety pile and retains its plain-weave skirts at each end.
Size: 1.93m x 1.48m (6' 4" x 4' 10").
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Ersary Tribes, Beshir Area, ...

Item Number
BM/Darya

Just in and magnificent! A rare chuval (bedding-bag-face), made by Ersary Turkmen in the Beshir area of the middle Amu Darya Region circa 1850/1860. Pieces like this are often better seen 'in the wool' as it is often difficult to photograph the wonderful natural colours and in this case, the stunning Ersary yellow. In excellent condition, the wool quality here is the very best - soft and lustrous.
Size: 1.45m x 0.95m (4' 9" x 3' 1").
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Antique Half Saddlebag Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan, ...

Item Number
BM1147

This fantastic half saddlebag face was woven in warp-face technique around the mid 19th century. Sadly, the back is missing but the most important part of the bag remains - the face. Each compartment contains '8-pointed stars' - symbols of spirituality and protection - in beautiful natural shades of indigo-blue, turquoise, golden yellow and madder-red.
Size: 53cm x 62cm (1' 9" x 2' 0").
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Antique Asmalyk, Yomud Turkmen Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
MH3

Asmalyks were made in pairs by the young bride as part of her dowry. They symbolised power and fertility and were presented to the bridegroom at the wedding ceremony and hung in the wedding yurt for their entire lives. This Asmalyk dates to the early-mid 19th century and, although a bit battered, retains its dramatic appearance.
Size: 1.19m x 70cm.
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Antique Namakdan (Salt-Bag), Baluch Tribes, Khorassan, North-East ...

Item Number
BM465

Double sided knotted pile Salt-Bags are rare and particularly those of the Baluch tribes. This is a nice double sided pile salt-bag made by Baluch tribes in Khorassan, north-east Persia around 1900-1910. The bag is in excellent condition and the colours are all natural.
Size: 51cm x 46cm (1' 8" x 1' 6").
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Antique Timuri Carpet, Yaqoub-Khani Tribe, Western Afghanistan ...

Item Number
BM458

This magnificent carpet was made by the Yaqoub-Khani Timuri tribe at the end of the 19th century - probably around 1900. It recently came out of an old English country home and was well cared for, having originally been in the collection of Dr Jon Thompson. The carpet is in mint condition with minor corrosion to the dark brown colour and a wonderful use of old aubergine colour-dye. Note the many stylised creatures depicted throughout the field.
Size: 3.35m x 1.88m (11' 0" x 6' 3").
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Antique Saddle-Bag-Face, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

Item Number
BM573

This rare and early Shahsevan piled saddle-bag face with good natural colours has been washed and restored. Highly collectable!
Sizes: 56cm x 61cm (1' 10" x 2' 0") each.
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Malband (animal band), Bakhtiari Nomads, Western Persia. ...

Item Number
MAC8

The 'malband' was the equivalent of a western rope - used for tying the bedding onto the camels and pack animals during long migrations. Bands like this one, which was made by the Bakhtiari nomads, were intricately woven - quite incredible work for such a utilitarian item - but often they were prized possessions.
Size: 8.70m x 7cm (28.5' x 3").
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Antique Lilihan Rug, North-West Persia

Item Number
VS1

This lovely little rug from the area of Lilihan in north-west Persia was made around 1900. The overall condition is very good except for some loss of border at the top end only, although both ends require to be secured to stop future fraying. The colours are all natural which makes this rug a very decorative item in the home.
Size: 1.32m x 0.91m (4' 4" x 3' 0").
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Qashqa'i Tribes, South-West Persia

Item Number
BM521

A rare and quite unique Qashqa'i rug in the style of the designs used by Baluch nomads in the Ferdows region of south-eastern Persia. The rug, of course, is undoubtedly Qashqa'i and I would hazard a guess that it was made by the Shekarlu tribe within that confederacy. It is in very good condition but with some minor wear in places. It was made circa 1880, with stunning, saturated vegetable colour throughout.
Size: 1.52m x 1.12m (5' 0" x 3' 8").
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Antique Ersari Turkmen Carpet, Central Asia

Item Number
BM760

This large carpet made by the Ersari Turkmen tribes of northern Afghanistan/Central Asia with good natural colours and in excellent overall condition.
Size: 3.70m x 2.85m (12' 2" x 9' 4").
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Antique Scissors Bag, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, ...

Item Number
BM802

Scissors bags are rare and this late 19th century piece has just come out of a private UK collection. The bag, made by Afshar tribes in southern Persia during the last quarter of the 19th century, is woven in flat-weave technique and is complete with original lappits and loop-ties. Both faces comprise 5 squares containing '8' pointed stars - symbolising spirituality and protection.
Size: 38cm x 20cm (1' 3" x 8").
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Antique Turkmen Chuval, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number

This fabulous chuval (bedding-bag) was made by Yomut Turkmen during the last quarter of the 19th century. The aubergine field is rich and glowing and contains 9 'guls' (tribal crests) in beautiful shades of sky-blue and dark-blue. The chuval is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.17m x 0.78m (3' 10" x 2' 7").
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Antique Timuri Tribal Rug, Western Afghanistan

Item Number
BM1084

This stunning rug was made by Timuri tribes in western Afghanistan during the second half of the 19th century. It is in near-mint condition, retains its complete slit-tapestry flat-woven skirts at each end and I have had it superbly washed to bring out the wonderful natural colours. The archaic field design of stylized 'trees of life' is generally found on larger carpets of the tribe - seldom in small rugs like this one. A truly beautiful rug.
Size: 1.83m x 1.09m (6' 0" x 3' 7").
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Antique Turkmen Wedding Rug, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian ...

Item Number
BM1028

This rare and fabulous little wedding rug was made by a Turkmen tribe closely related to the Yomut. It has a beautiful aubergine field, a colour found in early examples of Central Asian weaving. The field is decorated with diagonal rows of small symbols - a pattern unusual on Turkmen rugs - more commonly found on trappings. The skirts are superbly decorated with bold and powerful stylised 'birds' - possibly the eagle.
In excellent condition, this rug would have been specifically made by the young bride for her wedding ceremony and possibly dates to around the middle 19th century.
Size: 1.45m x 1.07m (4' 9" x 3' 6").
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Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz, Kerman Province, ...

Item Number
BM1193

This beautiful Afshar 'vase' rug, on an ivory ground, was made by Afshar tribes in the Neiriz area of southern Persia around 1900. All the colours are from vegetable-dyes and the rug is in very good overall condition.
Size: 1.93m x 1.57m (6' 4" x 5' 2")
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Antique Turkmen Torba, Saryk Tribe, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM20

Just acquired from a private house in very dirty condition, but pristine, and now having had a good bath, this fabulous torba, made by the Saryk Turkmen tribe in the second half of the 19th century, has ivory cotton and coloured silk highlights throughout the woollen pile. I was told that the torba was acquired on the North-West Frontier around 1900 by a family member, and had never been washed until now!
To find a complete torba these days, with the original, full indigo-blue tassels and in such perfect condition, is relatively rare.
Size: 1.20m x 0.84m (4' 0" x 2' 9")including tassels.
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Antique Luri Tribal Rug, Luristan, Western Persia ...

Item Number
BM845

The vegetable colours in this incredibly striking rug are full of vibrancy. Made by Luri tribes around 1900, this wonderful rug is in full, lustrous pile.
Size: 2.84m x 1.36m (9' 4" x 4' 6").
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