Rare Antique Turkmen Engsi, Ersary Tribes, Middle ...

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What a beauty! A rare Turkmen Engsi - yurt door hanging - made by Ersary nomads in the middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan in the early to mid 19th century. The lower elem is stunning in its simplicity as is the central 4-gardens of Paradise with their depiction of stylised double birds-heads - symbolically representing the guardians of the gates of Paradise.
Illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' and on the front cover of Uwe Jourdan's 'Turkmen Carpets' this is a highly collectable rug.
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Antique Rare Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Kashkuli Taifeh, ...

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This very rare and unusual Qashqa'i rug was made by the Kashkuli taifeh with silk wefts - made for a Khan or tribal chief. The rug contains an ivory inscribed panel in the lower indigo-blue field which reads 'Sanay'e Qashqa'i' and dated 1298 in the Islamic calendar - 1881 in the solar calendar. The four outer botehs and four inner botehs are beautifully drawn and the indigo-blue abrash shows the lovely use of natural colour.
Size: 1.25m x 0.95m (4' 1" x 3' 1").
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Antique Bakhtiari Tribal Rug, The Chahar Mahal, ...

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The spontaneity of the stunning 'garden of Paradise' design in this Bakhtiari rug, containing cypress, willow and pomegranate trees, is just superb. Made circa 1900, the rug is in overall very good condition with a very few minor areas of restoration.
A truly beautiful rug.
Size: Approx. 1.83m x 1.45m (6' 0" x 4' 9").
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Antique Sofreh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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Utterly charming in its depiction of various birds and goats and a powerful 'tree-of-life' rising up from the underworld, through the earthly world to the world of the spirit. The undyed ivory central panel is woven in plain-weave with the surrounding borders and stylised creatures in knotted-pile. I can only surmise that this odd weaving was made as a dining sofreh where the nomads would sit cross-legged around it at mealtimes and eat the food placed on this sofreh. Nevertheless, it is truly nomadic and would make a fabulous wall-hanging.
1.27m x 1.12m (4' 2" x 3' 8").
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Antique Torba, Igdyr Turkmen Tribe, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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This handsome little torba (small personal belongings bag) comprises three 'trees' in the central ivory field - symbolising eternal life in Paradise and the 3-level universe, where the roots of the tree are in the under-world; the trunk in the earthly world and the branches in the world of the spirit. Made by the Igdyr Turkmen around the middle of the 19th century, torbas from this group are a relatively rare find today. The Igdyrs are listed amongst the Oguz as early as the 11th century and inhabited the Khorezm Oasis with a proportion of the tribe living in the northern Caspian region. This torba is complete with its plain-weave back, woven in undyed sheep's wool.
84cm x 38cm (2' 9" x 1' 3").
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Old Baby Carrier, Kalamantan, Indonesia.

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A rare baby carrier from Kalamantan in raffia technique incorporating a beaded figure in the centre with bone amulets and cowrie shells.
Size: 49cm high x 27cm dia. (1' 7" high x 11" dia).
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Old Beaded Baby Carrier, Dayak Tribe, Borneo, ...

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An early 20th century baby carrier made by the Dayak tribe of Borneo with full glass beaded panel and decorated with amulets - bone discs and teeth, brass bells and metal rings. It also has its original lining and wooden base as can be seen in the photos attached.
Size: 30cm x 48cm semi circumference.
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Antique Tibetan Flint Pouch, Tibet.

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A charming little flint pouch with flint still inside, and made in Tibet during the 19th century.
Size: 9cm x 5cm (3" x 2").
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Antique Vanity-Bag, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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Tiny vanity-bags ('chanteh' in Persian) from the 19th century are now very scarce and rare.
I found this one in Turkey last week - a beautiful small chanteh made by Qashqa'i nomads, in Fars Province, south-west Persia circa 1900. The lozenge in the indigo-blue knotted-pile field contains 'birds-heads' - symbols depicting the guardians of the gates of Paradise and the charming plain-weave back with 'zig-zag shapes which might very well symbolise flowing water.
The knotted face is very fine and the wool is soft and velvety.
Size: 30cm x 26cm (12" x 10").
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Antique Tribal Purse, Qashqa'i - Darrehshuri Nomads, ...

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This is the cutest little 'khorjin' (mini saddlebags) probably used as a purse because of the small size. It is woven in a technique called 'shesha derma' by Darrehshuri Qashqa'i nomads at the end of the 19th century. Bags made using this shesha derma technique are very rare in todays market-place.
Size: 38cm x 17cm (1' 3" x 7").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Bakhtiari Nomads, Western Persia.

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This wonderful old 'namakdan' (salt-bag) was woven in soumack technique by Bakhtiari nomads in western Persia during the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. The weave is extremely fine and the tiny highlights of white throughout, is cotton. The base of the bag is in knotted-pile comprising a row of '5s' - a quincunx symbol for warding off evil and protecting the contents of the bag. This is a rare and early example of Bakhtiari work.
Size: 56cm x 49cm (1' 10" x 1' 7").
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Antique Turkmen Engsi, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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The Engsi had a very important symbolic meaning to the Turkmen. Hung at the entrance to the Turkmen Oy (yurt), facing inwards, it represented the gateway to Paradise. Looking at it as you see it in the photo, the lower panel symbolised the sky-door leading to the central '4 gardens of Paradise'. Once in one of these gardens, the person leaving the earthly world, was spiritually secure. The pentagonal shape at the top is the 'kejebe' - a symbol representing power and fertility to the owner of the rug. This engsi was made by the Teke tribe around 1870-1880 and is in very good condition.
Size: 1.40m x 1.13m (4' 7" x 3' 9").
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