Antique Sarouq Carpet, Sarouq, North-West Persia.

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BM/JS1

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')
£6,500
| $9,058 USD | €7,575 EUR

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

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BM/SJ1

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").
£6,500
| $9,058 USD | €7,575 EUR

Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i - Kashkuli Nomads, Fars ...

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BM1632

This magnificent and rare Gabbeh was made by Qashqa'i - Kashkuli tribes in Fars Province, south-west Persia circa 1870. Today, gabbehs like this are rare, principally because they were specifically made for everyday use in the black tents and subsequently were subjected to hard use. This gabbeh has an evenly-low pile all over but is perfectly suitable for floor use. It is absolutely complete with original sides and beautifully knotted elems (skirts) albeit, it has had some expert re-piling in places using vegetable dyed wool. The brilliant shades of natural-dye colours make this gabbeh a highly desirable and collectible rug.
Size: 2.39m x 1.52m (7' 10" x 5' 0").
£5,500
| $7,665 USD | €6,410 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Kuba, Eastern Caucasus.

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BM1574

This delightful little prayer-rug was made in the Kuba region, eastern Caucasus, circa 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").
£5,500
| $7,665 USD | €6,410 EUR

Antique Sarouq - Feraghan Rug, Sarouq Feraghan ...

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B4

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").
£5,500
| $7,665 USD | €6,410 EUR

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

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BM1572

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").
£5,500
| $7,665 USD | €6,410 EUR

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

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BM1657

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").
£4,750
| $6,620 USD | €5,536 EUR

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

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MAC100

This is a truly beautiful example of the best of Shekarlu - Qashqa'i weaving. It is important to look at the detail images to really appreciate the wonderful vegetable colours. Made around 1870, the rug is in very good pile albeit the selvedges have been replaced due to wear. The main ivory border is typical 'Shekarlu' as is the indigo-blue field with its stylised trees and flowers - a true garden of Paradise!
Size: 2.16m x 1.70m (7' 1" x 5' 7").
£4,500
| $6,271 USD | €5,244 EUR

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

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BM1662

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").
£3,750
| $5,226 USD | €4,370 EUR

Antique Gendje Rug, Gendje, South-Western Caucasus.

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BM1573

Small rugs like this one from the Gendje area in the south-west Caucasus are unusual.
The striking diagonal bands of indigo-blue and golden yellow fill the central field disappearing under the borders and out into infinity. Thus the weaver has captured a small part of Paradise and protected it by surrounding it with stunning borders. The ivory border is particularly attractive and the rug is complete albeit some minor loss to the lower outer border. The wool is lustrous and in full pile all-over. A superb little rug made circa 1900.
Size: 1.53 x 1.16m (5' 0" x 3' 10").
£3,500
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Bordjalou, South-Western Caucasus.

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BM1672

An attractive prayer-rug, made in the Bordjalou region of the south-western Caucasus around 1900. The rug is in full pile with some old, well-done re-weaves in the field as well as the outer minor border re-woven at each end. I have taken all this into account in my price.
Size: 1.80m x 1.40m (5' 11" x 4' 7").
£3,500
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR

Antique Turkmen Engsi, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM1673

The 'engsi' was the door hanging on the inside of the Turkmen yurt and was an extremely symbolic rug, representing the gateway to Paradise. The pointed pentagonal symbol at the top was not a prayer-niche as often wrongly mistaken for, but like the Turkmen asmalyk, was a symbol representing power and fertility. The central cross divided the field into the four symbolic gardens of Paradise where the cross was a pre-Islamic symbol for breaking down evil.
This superb engsi was made by Teke Turkmen circa 1860 and what is stunning here, is the fabulous, glowing red colour, derived from the madder-root. It is in very good overall condition with nice soft wool. A truly great example.
Size: 1.63m x 1.28m (5' 4" x 4' 2").
£3,300
| $4,599 USD | €3,846 EUR