Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Merv Oasis, ...

Item Number
BM/MH

This exceptional Teke Turkmen rug is extremely finely knotted with superior wool and made circa 1870 in the Merv Oasis, Turkmenistan. The beautiful madder-red is just stunning and ranks amongst the very best colour in Teke work.
Size: 1.83m x 1.04m (6' 0" x 3' 5").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Uzbek Tribes, Uzbekistan.

Item Number
BMac9

Salt-Bags (namakdan) of the Uzbek nomads are rare. Their purpose was purely utilitarian and used for containing lumps of rock-salt, given to their animals during long migrations to help in the dehydration process. This extremely fine bag in plain-weave technique has an exciting visual appearance with the zig-zag pattern probably representing flowing water - a necessity in their daily lives. The bag is in excellent condition with plain-weave back and original tassels, inserted for good luck and made circa 1900. All the dyes are natural with a lovely use of golden yellow throughout.
Size: 53cm x 36cm (1' 9" x 1' 2") excluding tassels.
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Antique Salt-Bag, Kazak Mountains Region, South-West Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BMac6

Having been in my own collection for many years, I have found a rug I want to keep and have been in a dilemma as to whether or not I sell this rare and beautiful 'namakdan' (salt-bag) as I need to downsize only a little! Anyway, decision made and here it is, a rare salt-bag made in the Kazak Mountains of the south-west Caucasus circa 1900. The bag is complete with its original plain-weave back and braided hanging cords. I love the knotted-pile face with its 'Kazak lozenge' in the centre and the depiction of a double-headed quadruped and peacock in the neck. The glowing sky-blue 'medakhyl' border frames the madder-red field beautifully. A very collectable little bag which I hope will go to a good home!
Size: 51cm x 42cm (1' 8" x 1' 4").
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Antique Baluch Rug, Mahdad Khani Tribe, Khorassan ...

Item Number
BMac 1

The fabulous colours in this 19th century Mahdad Khani Baluch glow like oil floating on water!
I just love the juxtaposition of madder-red, deep indigo-blue and my favourite sky-blue.
The rug has superb shiny wool, vegetable colours and is in very good condition.
Size: 1.74m x 0.92m (5' 8" x 3' 0").
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Pair of Antique Turkmen Kaps, Yomut Tribes, ...

Item Number
BM/JS

A rare and beautiful pair of small storage bags (kaps) made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan, during the third quarter 19th century. 'Kaps' are very rare and can be found individually now and again, but finding a pair is even rarer. These kaps are complete with plain-weave backs.
Size: 44cm x 25cm (1' 5" x 10") each.
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Antique Qashqa'i Carpet, Fars Province, South-west Persia. ...

Item Number
BM1312

This fabulous 19th century Qashqa'i tribal small carpet is 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 Early Caucasian Rug, Shirvan, East Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/GT1

Here we see one of the earliest of the so-called 'shield' design rugs from the Shirvan region, eastern Caucasus, dating to the early 19th century. The yellow field is rare and beautiful, and contains a myriad of symbolic shapes throughout - the dark-brown symbols having fairly heavy corrosion due to the iron mordant. Nevertheless, the rug is complete with evenly-low pile all over. Highly collectable.
Size: 1.22m x 1.16m (4' 0" x 3' 10").
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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 Saddle-Bag Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

Item Number
BM/Shahsevan 2

As in the previous image of the pair to this one, we see a very rare knotted-pile bag-face of the Shahsevan nomads with the most beautiful, saturated natural colours.
Size: 53cm x 50cm (1' 9" x 1' 8").
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Antique Saddle-Bag Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

Item Number
BM/Shahsevan 1

A very rare pair of very early knotted-pile saddle-bag faces, made by Shahsevan nomads during the early 19th century in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan. Although missing their flat-woven backs, these bagfaces are highly collectable in todays market-place. The beautiful, saturated natural colours are just magnificent and the wool is soft and glossy.
Size: 53cm x 50cm (1' 9" x 1' 8").
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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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