Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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Rare and absolutely stunning! Nineteenth century gabbehs today are scarce due to the fact that they were made for tent use and most had a hard life with many completely worn out! Therefore the few that come on the market these days, in this condition, are few and far between!
Most gabbehs were made with the weaver creating her own design - symbolic or otherwise - but I've never come across one like this before. The compartmentalised pattern containing 'quincunx' or 'fives' - symbols of protection - are dominant in this gabbeh.
Made by Luri nomads in Luristan between 1850 and 1870, the gabbeh is in very good overall condition with an evenly-low pile and wonderful shades of vegetable colours i.e. reds, golden yellow, ivory, dark blue and particularly attractive, different shades of light, pea-green.
The ends are complete as are the selvedges and some minor re-piling has been carried out in several areas.
Size: 2.34m x 1.55m (7' 8" x 5' 1").
| $10,452 USD | €8,741 EUR

Antique Bakhtiari Carpet, The Chahar Mahal Region, ...

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This beautiful Bakhtiari carpet has a glowing madder-red field surrounded by a magnificent, powerful main border. Made around 1880-1900 in the region of The Chahar Mahal in Western Persia by settled Bakhtiari tribes, it is in good overall condition but with some areas of wear. Nevertheless, this is a very floor-worthy carpet, washed and ready for use.
Size: 3.00m x 2.20m (10' 0" x 7' 3").
| $9,058 USD | €7,575 EUR

Antique Sarouq Carpet, Sarouq, North-West Persia.

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This outstanding carpet was made in Sarouq, north-west Persia circa 1880.
The vegetable colours are fabulous as is the fine weave and beautiful design. It is in good overall condition with even wear and medium to low pile, but plenty of life left for floor use.
Size: 3.66m x 2.74m (12' x 9')
| $9,058 USD | €7,575 EUR

Antique North-West Persian Zodiacal Rug, Ardebil, North-West ...

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Wow! What an amazing rug! You might call it 'zodiacal' but it is quite incredible!
Possibly made in the Ardebil area of north-west Persia circa 1900, it comprises a beautiful sky-blue mihrab depicting the Earth, Moon, Saturn, stars and zodiacal symbols. Note the little angel floating around the Earth - just beautiful. The condition is very good with evenly-low pile all over.
I have never seen anything else like this before but maybe a few will emerge from the woodwork after this, who knows!
Hang it on your wall and who needs a painting! And at a fraction of the cost!!
Size: 1.83 x 1.25m (6' 0" x 4' 1").
| $7,665 USD | €6,410 EUR

Antique Sarouq - Feraghan Rug, Sarouq Feraghan ...

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The natural colours in this finely-knotted rug are just beautiful.
Made in the areas of Sarouq and Feraghan in north-west Persia around 1880, the madder-red field contains a beautifully-drawn tree - symbolically 'the tree-of-life' representing the three-level universe where the roots are in the underworld, the trunk is in the earthly world and the branches are in the world of the spirit. Two columns in pale green, rise up on either side of the tree to meet a mihrab with spandrels in stunning natural sky-blue.
In excellent condition although a very minor outer border is missing, this is a stunning and very collectible rug.
Size: 1.93 x 1.30m (6' 4" x 4' 3").
| $7,665 USD | €6,410 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Kuba, Eastern Caucasus.

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This delightful little prayer-rug was made in the Kuba region, eastern Caucasus, circa 1880-1900.
The madder-red field has a plethora of '8-pointed stars' - symbols of protection. The stars, in different natural colours, appear to disappear under the borders and out into infinity. The weaver has captured that small part of Paradise, built borders around it, to keep evil spirits from entering. The ivory main border with its symbols combination of '8-pointed stars' and 'quincunx' or 'fives', is extremely powerful and again, affording protection. The mihrab is highlighted in natural green and the rug is in very good condition, albeit the pile is evenly low all over.
I love it!
Size: 1.43 x 0.92m (4' 8" x 3' 0").
| $7,316 USD | €6,118 EUR

Antique Timuri Carpet, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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In near-mint condition, this gorgeous Timuri rug has the highest quality soft, shiny wool with highlights of green silk throughout and complete kilim skirts at each end. The central 'tree-of-life' has branches protruding from it and surrounded by a multitude of symbols - stunning and subtle in its drawing. The madder-red main border depicts a continuous vine - symbolically representing the eternal cycle of life. Made circa 1880 -1900 by Sangtschuli tribes on the eastern Persian/western Afghanistan border, it really needs to be seen and handled to fully appreciate the high quality of the work involved. This is Timuri weaving at its best!
Size: 2.44m x 1.27m (8' 0" x 4' 2").
| $6,620 USD | €5,536 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shekarlu Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

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This magnificent Qashqa'i - Shekarlu rug contains a wealth of symbolism - amazing detail and quality. The Shekarlu tribe ranked up amongst the best of the Qashqa'i weaving sub-tribes (taifeh) and this fabulous rug certainly testifies to that.
Made during the second half of the nineteenth century, the rug is in overall very good condition with minor signs of wear, particularly in the upper and lower borders. The main ivory border design is typically Shekarlu and to sit and look at this rug for as long as you like, you will always find something new going on!
Size: 2.37m x 1.70m (7' 9" x 5' 7").
| $6,062 USD | €5,069 EUR

Antique Bijar Rug, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, ...

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This fabulous Kurdish Bijar rug has a wonderful array of vegetable colours and a most attractive ivory main border comprising a continuous flower and vine, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
The field is covered in the 'herati' pattern which consists of two fish swimming around a water lily - symbolising happiness. Made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the rug is in excellent pile all over. This is certainly a very happy rug!
Size: 2.34m x 1.38m (7' 8" x 4' 6").
| $5,226 USD | €4,370 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shekarlu Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

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Does anyone like horses?!! Then this is the rug for you!
This is an amazing nineteenth century rug of the Shekarlu sub-tribe within the Qashqa'i Confederacy, made circa 1870-1880, comprising a myriad of men on horseback. In some of the close-up photos, you will even spot foals! There's a lot going on and whoever buys this magnificent rug will spend the rest of their lives finding something new every day - a lifetime of study!! As a matter of interest, the very central lozenge contains pomegranates. The rug is evenly-low in pile but otherwise, completely original with only very minor repairs.
Size: 2.34 x 1.52m (7' 8" x 5' 0").
| $5,226 USD | €4,370 EUR

Antique Khorjin (saddle-bags), Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, ...

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Acquired from a private collection, this superb khorjin (saddle-bags) was woven in soumak technique by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan around 1870-1880.
The khorjin is in excellent complete condition with original lappits and ties and given the purpose of hard use on tribal migrations, the weaver has even sewn leather strips onto the base of the bag and around the lappits, in order to protect it from daily wear. This is a truly magnificent and rare khorjin in amazing condition.
Size: 1.50m x 0.56m (4' 11" x 1' 10").
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR

Antique Afshar Tribal Carpet, Afshar Nomads, Kerman ...

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This small Afshar carpet was as large as these nomads would make on horizontal ground looms during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The indigo-blue central field contains a myriad of 'botehs' - flame symbols from the nearby Zoroastrians and the proto-type of the designs we know today as the Kashmiri shawl and Paisley patterns. Note the one sky-blue boteh in the lower left corner of the field - probably the weaver's signature.
Madder-red surrounds the central field and outer borders with small plant symbols scattered throughout and if you look very closely, you might spot an animal or three!
In excellent pile all over and retaining its long plain-weave skirts, this is a most attractive and decorative carpet.
Size: 2.56m x 1.46m (8' 5" x 4' 9").
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR