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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Antique Turkmen Engsi, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
BM/DR5

This mid 19th century Turkmen Engsi (door-rug), made by Yomut tribes, has an extremely powerful presence. The central 'tree' contains a magnificent 'ram's horn' at the top which is important enough to break through the inner border - also seen in the lower upper panel with the bottom panel containing stylised trees - symbolising the '3-level universe' where the roots of the tree are in the underworld; the trunk in the earthly world and the branches reaching into the spiritual realms. The rug is in very good condition and the selvedges have been expertly re-placed and re-bound.
Size: 1.52m x 1.17m (5' 0" x 3' 10").
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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 Lesghi Rug, Lesghian Tribes, South-Western Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/DR4

This rug is amazing! Full pile and great overall condition for a rug made in Lesghi territory, south-western Caucasus around 1880-1890. The colours are fabulous - rich vegetable dyes predominate - and the glowing indigo-blue field containing 3 'Lesghi stars' outlined in madder-red and beautiful rich green. The main ivory border is powerful and symbolically frames and protects the inner Paradise. A truly magnificent, collectable rug.
Size: 1.83m x 1.22m (6' 0" x 4' 0").
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Antique Hamadan Rug, Hamadan Region, North-West Persia. ...

Item Number
BM/ES

I rarely find Hamadan rugs that excite me but here is, I have to say, a truly fabulous one! I love the colour palette with the indigo-blue field on which is depicted angular, stylised fish - a water-garden design. All the colours are vegetable and I would say the rug was made around 1900. Apart from having the selvedges re-bound expertly, the rug has no repairs and is in very good condition.
Size: 1.96m x 1.05m (6' 5" x 3' 5").
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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 Turkmen Torba, Ersary Tribes, Middle Amu ...

Item Number
BM/MT

Recently arrived from Turkmenistan, this beautiful Turkmen torba was made by Ersary nomads in the Beshir area of the middle Amu Darya region circa 1860/1870. The subtle natural colours are outstanding and the torba is in near-mint condition with a soft, lustrous woollen pile.
Size: 1.45m x 0.33m (4' 9" x 1' 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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